Tips for Creating a Relaxing Place to Journal

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Journaling is often the first step in writing your memoir. Before you know it you’ll have much of your content written, especially if you write daily. If you want to start journaling every day, finding a relaxing place to do it will help you build this positive habit. While you don’t need to have an entire room dedicated to journaling, you do want to have a peaceful space you can retreat to. Here’s some great tips on how to create a relaxing place to journal.

Choose a quiet space.

The first thing to focus on when looking for the perfect journaling space, is whether it is quiet. You are going to need a quiet area to write to get your thoughts and feelings clearly down onto the paper. Have a lively household where quiet is at a premium? Don’t give up!

If you have kids, you can do it when they are in bed or you could create a cozy space in your bedroom where you won’t be disturbed. You can journal anywhere that is comfortable and quiet. It could even be an outdoor space in warmer weather.

Eliminate any clutter.

Wherever you choose to base your journaling space, it’s important to eliminate any clutter. Cluttered spaces can cause our mind to become cluttered too and distract from our focus. You know the self talk “Oh, I just need to fold those clothes, it will just take a minute” or “I’ll just throw the dishes in the dishwasher, then I’ll write.” So, choose an area out of sight of routine chores, clean up the surrounding space and make sure it is tidy.

The more organized your journaling space, the easier you will find it to write. You’re crafting your own personal history, make the space your own.

Add a plant to the space.

You will want to make your journaling space as pleasant as you can. It should be visually appealing as well as comfortable. Adding a plant to the space can help to give you a sense of calm and tranquility. Artificial plants have the same effect, so if you don’t have a green thumb, don’t despair. Choose one, live or silk, that delights your senses.  

Utilize the power of scent.

When you are preparing to write, remember you can positively affect how you feel with the power of scent. You can create a relaxing, calming space by using a Lavender scent for example. Or you can improve your focus and concentration with a citrus scent or peppermint. Think about a scent that helps you to feel calmer and more focused. Whatever scent you love, if you add it to your journaling routine, you’ll look forward to doing it.

Try diffusing your favorite essential oil in your space, the increased humidity and the fragrance will both give you a well-being boost as you journal.

Have comfortable seating available.

Another thing you’ll want to focus on is comfortable seating. You aren’t going to want to write, or at least write for long, if you don’t have a comfortable seat. You could write on your bed, or in an ergonomic office chair. Some people prefer to write on a large, oversized beanbag. The more comfortable your writing space, the more you’ll view this as a cherished time, and the longer you are likely to stick to your journaling habit.

It isn’t hard to create a relaxing space for journaling. Whether you choose to do it at a desk in your office, or while sitting on your bed, the above tips will help you to create the best space.

You’re going to reap great health benefits by taking up journaling, enjoy!

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