I first tried journaling in 2016 when I was going through some shit and it helped me massively in terms of reflecting on how I feel, getting my emotions out on paper for me to see and make sense of it all. 

I actually started out using the 'Five Minute Journal' which is awesome for when you're completely new to journaling. I read back on some of the things I've said in the journal and realised how much my life has change in 2 years.  

That's one of the reasons why I love it so much, when you read back and see what you were thinking at the time and how much you're changing emotionally it's amazing. 

Now I use a plain notebook because I wanted to go more in depth about how I feel and I wanted my own layout, which honestly changes all the time.  

How Journaling Has Helped Me So Far: 

I don't actually know if I would have made it this far in my weight loss journey if I didn't journal. I'm not bullshitting either! I know I'm only at the beginning of it too and that's how bad I used to be. I used to just start and give up a week later which is so sad.

There are days where I just want to quit, where I don't feel motivated and I feel like a failure and I think I'm never going to change.  
And on those days, the only way to stop myself from emotional binge eating is to simply write down my feelings...    
My Journal Layout: 

How I feel 
Why I feel like I do  
How I'm going to overcome it  
Remind myself why I started my journey  
Why I need to carry on 
What was good about the day 
My affirmations.  

You can write about ANYTHING you want, it's your journal. It's your life and your mind. 

If you're reading this blog then you're probably going through a similar journey.  Even me sharing this blog post with you makes me feel better because I could be inspiring you to start a journal.   

You have to surround yourself with positivity which is sometimes easier said than done but sometimes you have to make positive things happen.  

Go out and do something positive. Go for a walk, call a friend, paint, exercise, yoga.... you get the idea. 

Every day I journal and if I haven't got time in the morning which is rare then I will journal at the end of the day.  Do something that you know makes you feel better to help you through the hard times. And that for me is journaling.  

It's like you're having therapy but with yourself, so there's no bullshit involved and it's free! Who else knows you better than yourself! 😉 

Instead of me bottling up my feelings I write them down and shove them in a book. I analyse my situation and then realise what I need to do to move on. 

Give it a try. 

It's great to look back on your journals and see how far you have come. 

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