Benefits of Journaling
There are various types of journals out there and people decide to keep a journal for a myriad of reasons. Journaling is incredibly beneficial, effortless, and something you can do any time of the day. These are a few of my favorite things about regular journaling:
I love being able to read previous journal entries and reflect on where I was in life when I wrote them. Having a journal to record memories is beneficial, because it fosters the enviornment for gratitude. For me, journaling allowed me to see how much better my life is than I sometimes realize. Recording events on a regular basis will most likely illustrate that there is a lot more good in your life than bad. We just remember bad times more vividly because of the negative emotions attached to those occurrences; which leads to the next point.
Writing things down always makes me feel better. I have found that journaling serves as a release during times of intense emotion, because I am able to get it all out on paper. Journaling also allows me to get a better picture of a situation and I can usually find a viable solution for whatever I am struggling with. Typically we already know the best answer to problems we face, writing things down just makes it easier to come to those conclusions.
The most useful benefit I have discovered from journaling is that you can start to see patterns in your behavior after journaling for an extended period of time. Humans are predictable creatures and we all behave in patterns, whether we realize it or not. If you have a record of your daily life, you can reflect on your past and see patterns of things you like or don’t like, and make changes where necessary.
Where to start
If you have never kept a journal, I encourage you to try it for at least one week.
It does not need to be an old school diary with a lock & password. You can use any regular notebook, computer, or phone; no method is superior over another. Once you have chosen a type of journal, set a time that you will journal each day, then set an alert on your phone to remind you to journal at your designated time.
Don’t feel pressured to write lengthy entries every single day, you could write a quote, just one word, or even draw a picture; just try to get something down for each day of the week. Even if there is a day where you go to journal and can’t think of anything, that is perfectly fine. It is supposed to be an effortless activity, and some days you really just won’t feel like writing anything.
If you decide to try a week long journal challenge, at the end of the week look back over your entries, see how it makes you feel and then journal some more! 🙂
Ideas for journal topics: memories, emotions, food, exercise, travel, goals, poetry, dreams, ideas or anything else that occurs regularly in your life.