I’ve decided that writing as much as possible is the best kind of therapy. It doesn’t really matter what you’re writing about, but just getting words down on the page offers some kind of release. So, here are the ways I make sure I’m writing something every day, even if it’s just a word or two.
Write a diary
As a child, I wrote endless diaries. I went through a phase of writing them in the style of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which is frankly hilarious and traumatising all at the same time. Now, I just write them in the style of my thoughts, which are about as unprofound (not a word) as words can be. But who cares, no one else is going to read them, and it helps me work out what I’m feeling. Writing in my diary is the first thing I do every morning before I leave the sanctuary of my room and begin the day. Yeah okay, it’s not yoga, but I kind of see it as a discipline of self-care, because I’m taking 5 minutes or whatever to put my thoughts down on paper. I can’t recommend it enough.
Create a bullet journal
I have only recently discovered bullet journalling, but now I’m obsessed. It’s basically a way of organising your life in an aesthetically pleasing way. Just search #bujo on insta and you’ll see what I mean. I like to pretend that all my ideas come straight out of my head, but in reality I have a Pinterest board titled ‘Organisation/Diaries’ and everything I’ve learnt has come from there. Obviously, you’re meant to use an actual bullet journal, but I started in a lined notebook and I hate leaving stuff unfinished, so I’m stuck with that for now. It’s cool though, I’ve already bought a dotted journal in the Paperchase sale, so I’m all set. Here are a few ideas for your bullet journal: weekly spreads, to do lists, mood trackers, books you’ve read, monthly overviews, your daily routine. Etc.
Write one word each day
I do this in my bullet journal. I’ve created a spread with an empty box for each day of the month, and before I go to sleep every night, I write one word (in a pretty font, learnt via Pinterest ofc) that sums up the day in some way. Often it’s something boring like ‘Swim’ or ‘Dentist’, but it’s good to look back at the end of the month and remember what I was doing on that day, just from reading one word.
Write one sentence each day
Funnily enough, I got this idea from a notebook I bought for about £1.50 from Wilko. On the front it says ‘One thought a day – Collect 3 years of memories.’ Maybe that’s a bit cringe? But anyway, I started filling it in on January 1st, and to start with, I wasn’t really sure what to write. Nearly at the end of Jan and I’m just about getting the hang of it. It’s private, it’s not going to be published anywhere, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. (I’m a perfectionist, this is a genuine struggle.)
Start a book journal
Again, not an original idea. Someone gave me an alphabetised book journal for my birthday, in which I can record all the books I want to read, all the books I’ve read (plus a little review), and all the books I’ve lent to friends. This is slightly stressing me out at the moment, because I’ve also got a list of books to read in the notes section of my phone, AND on my Goodreads account. SO MANY BOOKS, SUCH LITTLE TIME.
Or, maybe you think I have too much time on my hands, but tbh, I’m just using the time that I have to do something I enjoy, i.e. writing. Who knows how long I’ll keep up the ‘one word a day’ and ‘one sentence a day’ things, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing a daily diary. If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to carry on funding my unhealthy obsession with notebooks.