Writing is fantastic for many things. It's a tool for communication, a vessel for gaining clarity, and a proving ground for ideation. But, most of all, writing is one of the most important activities for mental health.
Emptying your thoughts into words that can be read back, thought through, and more deeply understood is a freeing experience. It seems simple, yet it's quite powerful. I journal in the morning with a continuous flow of thoughts on "paper". I don't think — I just write. This allows my untapped thoughts to freely express themselves, which means I can unlock ideas and problems brewing under the surface.
You will be surprised how much you can uncover through writing.
Reflecting your thoughts in writing will uncover those hidden gems in your own mind — thoughts, ideas, "aha!" moments, and much more. It's freeing, and it's beautiful. It's an excellent habit for mental health.
But what if you don't know what to write about? How can you get started?
Create a list of prompts.
For example, here are the prompts I'm using in my daily journal. At the beginning of the day, I answer these three:
I am grateful for...
I'm thinking about...
At the end of the day — which usually means the following morning — I answer these two:
The highlight for today...
How could today have been better?
These work well as a more "guided journaling" experience. So if you struggle with what to write, try creating a list of prompts.
This also works for long-form writing on a single topic. For example, all of my 30 Lessons started from a one-sentence description. I took that and blocked off time to write freely. So, in that sense, it was a prompt, too.
Find what works best for you. Now go write something!