6 Benefits of Journaling
I remember when I got my first journal, when I was about eight-years-old. It had a giant Tweety Bird on the front of it, and was lockable. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread and wrote down all my ‘secrets’ in it until I ran out of pages. Throughout the years, I went through several different journals – exercise books, glitter notebooks, old address files. They hold a record of my early life to when things started to get a little more serious.
If keeping a diary only puts you in mind of a teenager on their bed, twiddling their toes in the air and writing about their crush at school, you’d actually be far wrong. Adults all over the world carry on the habit of journaling from their childhood and teenage years, and use their diaries in the everyday modern lives. In fact, I still do. I may have moved on from giant Tweety Birds, and now spend leisurely time browsing the shelves at Liberty London for just the right journal, but the basic idea is very much the same.
Keeping a journal can be inspiring, not to mention the other benefits writing down your thoughts can bring you. Here are just a few benefits of journaling…
#1 Remembering The Old You
Sometimes I dont realise how far I’ve come until I’m looking back at a memory, whether that’s an old social media post, or even a photo from my past. Mostly though, it’s looking back at old entries in my journal. I can find sections where I thought I was going through the worst situation of my life and realise that should that occur again, I have grown enough that I would deal with it in a completely different way. It’s a positive thing, just imagine – a written record, chronicling your personal growth! What a lovely way to remember your life and everything you have done along the way!
#2 Get Your Thoughts In Order
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I give myself so much to do that I overwhelm myself. Often, it feels like there’s so much going on in my brain that I don’t know where to start. Writing things down in list-form, whether that’s a shopping list or to-do list can help arrange your thoughts and calm your mind, leaving you free to enjoy your time.
#3 Boost Your Mood Through Words
Keeping a journal doesn’t have to be a daily round-up of what went on in your day. You can use it to record what you are grateful for, something positive which happened that day, or simple affirmations to and about yourself to make you feel brighter. Sometimes, when you read something in black and white, it makes things more real. Use it as part of your self-care routine.
#4 Overcome Your Traumas
As previously mentioned, writing something down can make it feel real. You can connect with it and face it. If you’ve got past trauma in your life that you have not dealt with, and feel that you can’t approach a loved one or therapist, why not choose your journal? Getting bad experiences down on paper may be difficult and painful at first, but once it’s there, you can begin to move on.
#5 A Time For Reflection
Do you ever wonder about why things happen, or why you reacted in a certain way about something? Often, people just run through life and just take each interaction as it comes, never attempting to learn from previous experiences. With a journal, you can lay out an interaction or situation and spot where you have made a great call, or perhaps where you could have done better. It’s important to note that to get the best experience out of keeping a journal, you should be honest and open with the way things pan out: if you sugarcoat it, you won’t learn from it!
#6 Set Yo’ Goals
One of my goals when I was a child was to live in London. I first wrote it in a diary, and I am now in London, having lived here for over ten years! It’s so satisfying creating goals and coming back to find you’ve absolutely smashed them! Of course, goals change as you get older (I used to want to be a lawyer!), but it’s always fun to look back at the journey you’ve been on to get where you are. I also believe in speaking and writing things into existence – when it’s on paper, it should give you more of a drive to go out there and get it.
Do you have a habit of journaling and what do you think of these benefits of journaling? Comment below!