The 5 Minute Journal Routine You Need To Try
Hi loves! The weather is finallyyyy turning here in Connecticut and I’m so excited to have 85+ degree days. As the weeks go by, I'm starting to feel more like myself again and am able to swing back into old routines, which is the reason for today's post!
I know I’ve bombarded you with quite a few pregnancy posts lately, and if that’s not something you’re interested in, don’t worry! I’ve got plenty of good stuff coming your way.
Something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while now is a routine that’s really helped me mentally over the past year. I took a break from this routine during my first trimester, but now that I’m back in the game, I realized how much I missed it!
I’m a creature of habit. I love being spontaneous, but there are certain times of day where I have my set routines that I treasure, especially morning and night.
Every morning (because my mom ingrained this in us from an early age), I make my bed. This has become somewhat challenging with our new double queen bed (a bedroom reveal is coming soon!), but I still do it, because it really helps me feel complete before I start my day. My office is also off of our master, and I don’t think I could bare walking back and forth and seeing a messy bed all day long :)
I always drink a big glass of water that I keep by my bedside first thing as well. Your body is super dehydrated when you first wake up (hence the color of your urine), so it’s important to hydrate immediately. I already feel energized after getting in some H20.
Post bed-making and hydration, I journal. I used to turn a blind eye to journaling because I really didn’t understand the benefits, but once I gave it a shot, it all made sense.
There’s a journal in particular that I use both morning and night that helps set positive intentions for the start of my day and reminds me of everything I’ve accomplished before bed.
It’s so easy to go to sleep thinking of all of the things you DIDN’T do or accomplish. I was noticing how often I would be in this headspace, and my new journaling routine quickly changed this around.
I use a specific journal that already lays out the questions for me, and I have to say I’m so impressed by the simplicity and effectiveness of this journal. It’s called…
The Five Minute Journal! I swear, it’s really that simple. They even call it the “journal for people who don’t write journals."
Within this journal, the founders discuss the benefits of journaling, which include:
- Increased happiness
- Positive pattern of thinking
- Reductions of physical pain
- Greater sense of well-being
- Better sleep (conflict in a sense is “resolved” in your mind through journaling, helping those spiraling thoughts before bedtime!)
I know, I know. It sounds too good to be true. Kind of like a magic pill instead of a journal. I can attest to many of these benefits, especially the happiness, better sleep and positive thinking. This shit is legit, friends.
In The Five Minute Journal, they lay out pages for six months worth of journaling.
In the morning, the journal prompts you to list…
- 3 things you’re grateful for
- 3 things that would make today great
- A daily affirmation
And in the evening, the journal asks you to…
- List 3 amazing things that happened today
- Write about anything that couldn’t made today even better
These simple exercises have completely shifted my mindset and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
I walk into my day with my head held high, feeling so grateful for what I already have in my life, knowing that anything that happens during the day to come is like icing on the cake. I also feel accomplished before the clock turns 8am after writing down what I want to get done that day.
During the evenings, I’m reminded of what went well in my day, and if there’s anything that could’ve been handled differently. Sometimes I start to pick up on patterns from answering this question, and I’m able to address it rather than allowing days or weeks to go by.
You can easily own a 5 Minute Journal (they sell them on Amazon!), or you can use my questions above and grab any notebook you have on hand to get started. I promise you the effects of taking just 5 minutes per day to yourself to practice journaling can really have an impact.
I want to hear your thoughts below if you give it a try! Are you one who journals? New to journaling? Do you prefer something prompted like this journal (pre-laid out questions) or are you more of a free-flower? Would love to hear from you!