Are you someone who has always wanted to start a journal practice but doesn’t know where to start?
Today I am introducing a concept that is easy and possibly the best way to start a journal practice – the one sentence a day journal.
Research continues to prove that writing on a consistent basis improves mood, health and well being. However, journal writing is often intimidating as writers do not know where to start or what to write. There are many journal techniques which can be beneficial but the most important is establishing the habit of writing.
The one sentence a day journal requires nothing more than one sentence about your day. It can be one word or a slew of words. As with all journal writing techniques, there is no right or wrong.
Utilizing one sentence about your day allows you to review the day without having to dig deeper into emotions. I have often asked clients struggling with depression to utilize an even simpler version of the one sentence a day by beginning to color their days or rank the day utilizing a scale of 1 – 10. This method enables them to see a slight change in mood and as a result they may be able to view specifics of what created the changes.
Other ways a one sentence a day can be utilized include:
- if you are beginning a new workout routine
- beginning a new diet and need to monitor your progress
- a pregnancy journal or baby’s first year (a sentence a day can be really good for the second or third child’s first year – you won’t feel like you are letting them down)
- while you are traveling on vacation
- life is simply so busy that taking the time to write longer than one sentence seems overwhelming
As with all journal writing, there is not a right or wrong. Your journal is your own.
Try writing one sentence a day for at least a month and assess how it makes you feel.
Would you consider writing one sentence a day?