Updated : Sep 26, 2022 in Uncategorized

How to Write a Diary Entry: 9 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

What is a diary entry?

A diary entry is a section of your diary that is organized and marked by the date. It can be as short or as long as you want it to be, and each day doesn’t have to be consistent. One day you might write a small paragraph about something you want to get off your chest, and the next night you might write a whole page about your day or something that happened.

Write your diary entry in the first person

The first step in learning how to write a diary entry is knowing what perspective to write from your own. You should write your entries in the first-person perspective since your diary is meant to be a personal record of your life and feelings.

Write about your current mood or feelings

One of the great things about keeping a diary is that you can pick it up any time. There is no right or wrong day or time of day, especially when you are experiencing feelings you want to write about and that you feel would benefit your mental health.

Don’t preoccupy yourself with all the right terms or labels. Instead, just describe how you are feeling in your own words. If you have more than one feeling or mood to explore, just take it one at a time. Connect to and understand your feelings or mood by writing down why or what happened that may have caused you to feel that way.

Write about your day

You can write about your entire day or choose an event or highlight – perhaps there was something that happened that was out of the ordinary. Maybe you had an exciting or awkward encounter with someone, and you are experiencing some new feelings surrounding it that you want to identify or express. Or maybe you tried something new and just want to write about it because you are feeling excited! You can choose any or every detail of your day to put into your diary.

Address your diary

If you are struggling to come up with the words or how to write a diary entry, sometimes the simplest place to start is by writing, “Dear Diary.” It may help you to think of your diary more as a friend or non-judgmental listener. If it feels funny feeling like you are just talking to yourself, this is a great way to start each entry. It doesn’t even have to be “Diary” – you are free to choose any name!

Consider including other content in your diary entry

Your diary doesn’t have to be strictly your own writing. Many people benefit from including other content in their diary, such as favorite quotes or even pasted pictures which illustrate friends, family, things they saw, or simply images that inspire them. Including other content in your diary can help you to reflect on your life, find inspiration in others, or simply share something to be included for posterity.

Be honest

Your diary is a space to express anything that you need to without worrying about what anyone else thinks because nobody else will see it but you. Suppose you are experiencing some negative emotions or something you are not feeling very proud of, such as jealousy or anger. First of all, remember that those feelings are entirely normal, and writing in your diary is a chance to release them without any added guilt or shame. It is both healthy and necessary to your mental health to feel.

Don’t worry about the actual words

It is easy to get caught up mid-sentence because you are unsure about spelling or grammar, but a diary is not about being perfect. Allow yourself to carry on because focusing too much attention on these trivial matters could make you lose your train of thought. Do not judge yourself for your handwriting, either. If this is something that bothers you, try to remember that this is the one place you can write as messy as you need to – the goal is to just keep going. You are writing from your heart and personal thoughts, and that is what matters.

Stick to a writing schedule

While we absolutely encourage you to pick up your diary anytime you need to; if you are just getting started, your diary might not be the first thing you turn to. Even if you are excited about it or like the idea of starting something new to help you express yourself and boost your mental health, if it is not a habit for you yet, then it can be easy to forget to do it.

What you can do to help make writing a diary entry part of your routine is choose a time of day that you feel works best for you. This could be first thing in the morning, the middle of the day, or before bedtime. Many people prefer writing before bedtime so they can talk about the day they had or let go of anxious thoughts. But it is all about choosing a time that’s best for you. Start with a 5 or 10-minute time slot and adjust from there if you regularly find yourself wanting to write more.

Whatever time you choose, make sure you have your diary nearby to help you remember and make it a habit. Keep it in on your nightstand or somewhere you can see it daily. Otherwise, if you are worried someone might find it, you may want to set a daily reminder on your phone and keep it somewhere private!

Day 1

Woke up that day and realized it was time for action! I would not dwell on the details any more! I was ready to have my mind blown and get crushed in something I had no idea about. Came back from work and…….

The only tab that remained constant on my browser for the whole day was Websitesetup.org guide: How to make a website. It guided my though the process in a level of detail which I liked — not too much but enough to get the site going. Follow the steps I took that day:

  1. Choose a platform — I went with WordPress because I had used it before on occasions and knew it was simple. It is a primarily a blogger platform but can be easily tweaked to make a nice website. Remember that you can always migrate to other platforms if you feel so.
  2. Setup domain, hosting and email — actually spent a lot of time on this, which now I see is irrelevant in the beginning because you will not need “unlimited traffic” or “unlimited storage”. Nobody will visit yours site because no one will know about you. That is why i settled for a basic local one, which was twice as cheap as, say Hostgator or Bluehost. What I needed the most was 1 click install for WordPress (the platform I already set my mind on).
  3. Setup the site — used the 1 click setup and there it was! In the following hour I went through every menu button and read the “help” headline about it. Soon I had some image in my head of what the possibilities were. A feature that I first worked with was the themes. Actually a whole 10+ themes in that hour and none fit to my likes. But looking at it now it seems you cannot find a 100% suitable one, but rather find an easy base to tweak in the future. The second feature i exploited was the plugins. Immediately i installed theYoast SEO Every source I read said that you have to start SEO from the beginning — so I did the easiest way possible to me. Read the tutorial but left the optimization for another day. The second plugin I put was Newsletter together with Formget Contact Form because once again I read that you are supposed to build your email list from the start because an email list is one of the biggest assets you will have. Put a basic form on the right but did not have further fun with it that day. The last plugin was the Google Analytics one — I love data and had to have insider knowledge from the first hour. That day Ideagyzer had 260 pageviews.
  4. Inserted my content — i had 2 basic posts from LinkedIn and pasted them there.
  5. Told some of my closest friends and family I was starting Ideagyzer and got some motivation and reassurance from them.
  6. Made a basic About Me page with a pasted text from my LinkedIn summary — will definitely change in the future.