3 minute journaling

3 minute journaling

3 minute journaling 650 510 Consie Sindet

I’ve been wanting to do more traditional journaling (you know, the “dear diary” kind) and thought having some daily prompts might help out. I’m not one to just start writing with no focus. So when I found Lisa Sonora’s 30 day journal project, I figured I would give it a go! I lasted two days…

3 minute journaling to help alleviate anxiety • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournaling #journaling #journalprompts Lisa’s project is free but has an option to purchase a set of printables. That way you can be organized ahead of time instead of waiting on a daily email. Since having a plan is always a plus with me, I bought the printables. I had also decided to work in an art journal, creating painted pages along with the writing part, so I could add in an art element to each day to keep it interesting. Still didn’t help…after two days, I fell behind!

3 minute journaling to help alleviate anxiety • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournaling #journaling #journalprompts During this time, my husband shared that his anxiety level seemed to ramping up and we discussed some ways to help him cope. And here is where this journaling stuff finally clicked! It seems the answer was to do it together! Just the writing, no art. Keep it simple.

We decided to use some of the prompts from the printables that made sense for both of us and write about them each night before we went to bed.

3 minute journaling to help alleviate anxiety • AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournaling #journaling #journalprompts We each take turns picking a prompt and then spend three minutes journaling. We tried a longer time period but felt that three seemed to be just enough time to get our thoughts out on the page. We use a couple of composition notebooks, some colorful pens and just go for it. You can’t read what we have written but we don’t want to go back to it. We just want to get it out of our heads and call it done!

Lee has found it to help him tremendously. Me, too! Some nights we are too tired to write but overall we have kept up a pretty regular practice. To be honest, I didn’t think my husband would try but I’m glad he did.

I hope you will give this 3 minute journaling idea a try. No fancy supplies and there are tons of ideas on the web for prompts. Let me know if you go for it and how it works out.

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  • LuAnn Braley August 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Good on both of you for finding a way to make it work for you! I am going to try Lisa’s journaling program.

  • Dianne C. August 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Brilliant idea! I tried Morning Pages for a short time, but didn’t stick with it…3 minutes sounds just right. to ‘get it out of your head and call it done.’ hmmm. you’ve got me thinking…thanks for sharing!

  • Emily August 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    It’s amazing how much a little bit of writing can clear your head. I do morning pages, but they’re almost never “pages”. More like morning sentences. But I still notice a big difference between the days that I do them and the days that I let it slide.

    • Consie Sindet September 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Emily, I think pages can get too overwhelming! I find timing it to just get something on the page has worked so much better/

  • Ginger August 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    What an awesome idea! I take journaling in spurts – I will be really into it and make it a daily practice for a while then fall behind. I have never tried prompts so thanks for the resource to check out. Now to see if I could get my husband on board – we shall see. Have a creative weekend!

    • Consie Sindet September 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Ginger! Where you able to get the hubs involved! The daily practice part is hard but we try to do it when we can. Writing as much as we can is better than not at all!

  • Jill Holmes August 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    What a great idea. And don’t you love those Signo pens? They make everything better. 🙂

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