Have you ever thought about writing a journal?
I’ve written a journal since I was 14 years old. My first journal had a lock on it, with the tiniest key to open it. I wrote everything in my diary. Things like what happened that day, what boys I liked, what music I liked and how I felt about life. When I read back over my journal entries of that time, all my memories come flooding back and I remember being a teenager was tough. It was a highly emotive time. I was truly trying to find who I was.
I could step through the years. There were things that I didn’t remember and I saw how reflective I was. It was an effective way to work through my problems and to record my history as it happened. Reading my journal showed me my transformation from adolencent to adult, through meeting my husband, having my children and all the years after that. I know my creativity blossomed through journalling, I saw that I was a great poet too.
“Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.” — Stephen R.Covey
Many studies have shown that journalling reduces stress. When you journal while you are in a highly emotional state, you work through your thought patterns, you can more fully experience and understand your emotion. You get more clarity and direction in your life.
Journaling has helped me through some really tumultuous times. It’s helped me clear my mind and find answers to problems that were troubling me. I handwrite my journal and I think this helps slow my thoughts down enough to catch them and sort through what’s helpful and what’s not.
Journaling Is Fantastic For Your Mental Health
When you feel overwhelmed and feeling confused, write in your journal, you’ll notice that your thoughts become clear and you can go on with your life.
Tips For Journaling
- Buy a journal that lifts your spirit
- Have a pen that brings you joy and is a pleasure to write with
- Set time aside each day to write your thoughts down. Write in the morning for half an hour and for a few minutes in the evening
- Don’t edit yourself, write as the thoughts come to you. It doesn’t matter if you spell words incorrectly or get your thoughts muddled up. It’s all a part of the process
- When you finish writing close your journal and feel the difference
- Writing your thoughts down gets them out of your head and they feel like they’ve been dealt with
- Clarity of issues
- Memory keeper
- Family history keeper
- You can see patterns of how you deal with issues or maybe you’ve been down this path before, so when you read your journal you can see solutions for this time
- It’s a safe place for every emotion and thought, there is no fear of judgment
- You can track how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown
I still write a journal every morning and night.
Enjoy journaling and watch your life change.