The Benefits Of Writing In A Journal

Monday, 14 August 2017

     I recently sat down to read a stack of my old journals. Thrilling, right? The dates spanned the last five years; particularly tough times in my life. I anticipated it would be a dreary activity, but was surprised to feel a surge of pride when I closed the last book. I hadn't realised how much I had changed in as little as five years! I started to consider all the good journaling can do - it really can be an act of self-care. If you're looking for a reason to pick up a pen, here are some benefits of writing in a journal.

Self-reflection:

It's a huge confidence boost to reflect on your challenges and how much you've overcome. It's not just seeing your progress, but seeing that you are progressing, that makes you feel like you can take on whatever obstacles come your way.

Recording memories:


I came across quite a few entries I would have never remembered had taken place if I couldn't read about them. I'm always ready to take a trip down memory lane! If you're like me and have a less-than-stellar memory, journaling will help you recall all the little details of special occasions for years to come.

Planning:


Bullet journaling has become super popular; this method is used to map ideas, keep track of goals, save lists, and stay organised. Some swear by this journaling technique, so if traditional journaling isn't for you, bullet journaling may fit your lifestyle just right.

Reducing stress:


I first started journaling as a way to combat my anxiety and help me stay grounded; it helped me to get my feelings and thoughts down on paper. Journaling can be incredibly therapeutic, especially if you don't have anyone to talk to. There's no better way to work through tough problems and clear your head.

Boosting creativity:


Besides being a great creative exercise before writing, journaling can also help you improve your writing skills. You could even try using your journal to sketch or write poetry!

Encouraging mindfulness:


So many of us never think about our day; we're so caught up in distractions! Journaling can help you be more mindful by making you stop and think about day-to-day events and how you feel about them. It's much easier to be in the moment when you're writing.

With all these benefits, why not try your hand at keeping a journal yourself?


Do you keep a journal? What are your experiences?

1 comment

  1. I've also kept a journal on and off for as long as I could remember, but I am yet to go back and read any of them. I always used writing as therapeutic exercise and I'm not sure I want to go back and re-live my toughest times, but that doesn't stop me from writing in them now!

    Now I use it as a way to recount my fondest memories in great detail, or just to get my thoughts out onto paper. I'm sure it will be interesting to look back on in a few years and see what parts of my life stood out to me the most!

    Indya || http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

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