When was the last time you grabbed a pen and paper and decided to let your thoughts and emotions out? Or let’s ask the right way; did you ever try journaling? For many people, journaling may sound like a daunting, time-wasting thing to do. If you are wondering what benefit can come out of keeping a daily journal, read along. You won’t be disappointed.
1. It helps you release emotions.
Some people find it hard to express their emotions or to vent and open up to others. They end up bottling up, frustrated, and drained by all the feelings they carry within their hearts. Writing a journal creates a safe space knowing you won’t be judged, you will express freely, and you will feel more relieved to know it is just between you and your diary.
2. Journaling helps you learn more about yourself.
Journaling opens up your eyes to things that maybe you try to turn a blind eye to. It helps you dig deeper into yourself and your emotions and reflect on why sometimes you feel the way you feel in certain situations. In doing so, you will become more self-aware and will understand yourself better.
3. It clears your mind.
Our minds are cramped with too many thoughts throughout the day between the positive and the negative. By putting your thoughts on paper, you discard those things that don’t matter and keep track of things that matter and need your attention. By journaling you declutter the mess in your mind.
4. Journaling helps you have a clear vision.
You can have all the ideas and goals in mind but haven’t you written them down with a plan you’ll never reach where you want to be. Journaling helps you organize your thoughts and see the whole picture more clearly.
5. You’ll become more grateful.
One of the ways you can journal is by counting your blessings, or finding something to be thankful for every day. Making gratitude part of your journal will help you on your bad days. Whenever you feel down just go to any page and read one of the things you count as a blessing and you will be instantly reminded of all the great things you have.
6. You’ll have better track of things and memories.
A journal is a great way to relive happy moments. Writing down about a happy memory or an occasion and rereading it years later, will make you feel like reliving this memory all over again. The details put into journaling will make a past happy memory more vivid.
How to build the habit?
• Schedule a fixed time every day to build the habit. Some people like to start their day by journaling to kick off the day on a fresh note. Others prefer to make it the last thing at night to recap their day.
• Set the right mood. For instance play calming music in the background and light a scented candle.
• Create the system that works best for you. Whether you prefer a pen and paper, or to journal on your laptop, just pick what works best for you.
• Make it simple. Don’t be focused on your writing skills, just focus on being real, honest, and letting all your thoughts and emotions out.