6 Proven Methods for Getting Started in Journaling

Journaling is at the top of many self-care lists, and for good reason. Getting your thoughts out on paper can do wonders for your mental health and help you stay organized.

Learning how to journal isn’t always as simple as it seems, though. To get started, you will need to identify your reasons for starting a journal and what you hope to accomplish during your journey.

What is a Bullet Journal?

A bullet journal is designed to be a cross between your typical journal and a planner. 

A bullet journal requires some creativity. The first step to creating your perfect bullet journal is to know what you want to get out of it. 

How Do I Use a Bullet Journal?

What Should I Write in My Journal?

Here are a few ideas and journaling tips that will help you get started.

Brain Dump

Start with a simple brain dump. Transfer all of the information from your brain into your journal.


When journaling for self-care, try starting with gratitude. Write down three things you are thankful for.

Free Writing

When you are freewriting, don’t worry about grammar, coherent thoughts, or that you are jumping from one topic to another without any transitions.