Why You Should Journal: 15 Healthy Benefits of Journaling
Though journaling has existed for years, it’s becoming a more popular way of processing your thoughts, reflecting, and so much more.
Journaling is more than just a diary entry; it goes deeper than simply sharing about the events of the day or the week. It’s a way to better process your emotions and work through issues or problems you may be facing.
There are a number of different ways you can journal – my personal favorite is by way of the bullet journal – but you don’t need to bullet journal to be a journaling whiz. You just need a fun, inspirational notebook and your favorite pen.
Journaling is extremely valuable for a number of reasons. Here are just 15 of them.
15 Healthy Benefits Of Journaling
1. Evoke mindfulness: Staying mindful is an important life skill to learn. Through stronger mindfulness, you will achieve a stronger sense of self.
2. Achieve goals: What goals do you want to accomplish? Write ’em down! Seeing your goals in print on the page, can help you identify with them and then achieve them.
3. Boost your memory: Have trouble remembering all your tasks? (Who doesn’t?!) By writing them down, you can free up the brain space to focus on the task at hand, then refer back to your list for the next one.
4. Improve communication: By being a better communicator with yourself, you’ll inevitably improve your communication with others.
5. Spark creativity: Writing is an excellent way to boost and engage with your creative side. Who knows – you may just tap into some great doodles or drawings while you’re there!
6. Build self confidence: By speaking openly in your journal about insecurities you have, you’re offering yourself the opportunity to become aware of them, as well as reflect, accept, and change your mindset on them. All of these things do wonders for your confidence!
7. Improve healing: Again, raising our awareness on something – no matter how big or small – helps boost healing in that area of your life. By getting honest with yourself, you’ll be that much closer to acceptance and long-term healing.
8. Reduce stress: Let it all out, girl! Letting out our inner stresses and anxieties allows our brain to stop thinking about them. That’s good for the brain and the body.
9. Create self reflection opportunities: How often do we have “the swirl” in our head about a situation or feeling, but never come to any conclusion? Your journal is your time to have some reflection. Use it.
10. Improve emotional intelligence: There are a number of different types of intelligence; emotional is just one…and it’s one that many of us struggle with. The more you journal, the more comfortable (and more aware) you’ll become of your emotions, which will undoubtedly help you in other areas of your life, as well.
11. Solve problems: As we saw with self reflection, there’s an opportunity to be had for solving problems with your journal. I can’t tell you how many times writing helped me fully process – and then solve – a given situation.
12. Conjure calm: With every word you write, you’ll be surprised how calm and relaxed your mind feels. There’s something relaxing about writing words on the page, that will conjure the same calming feelings that meditation can.
13. Build empathy: Not all of us are born empathetic – and that’s ok – because you can always build it. Using your journal to process, you can become a more empathetic person to both yourself and others.
14. Track patterns: Have you developed bad habits that you had no idea existed? Your journal may just be the perfect spot to identify them.
15. Develop self discipline: Journaling regularly requires developing a habit (AKA self discipline). Do it regularly and you may find that you’ll develop better discipline in other areas of your life, too.
Do you journal? What are your favorite reasons for doing it?