THE ART OF JOURNALING
Journaling is a wellness tool frequently incorporated in therapy. Since cities worldwide began sheltering in place one after the other, there has been a rise in the number of people in need to find an outlet for stress, boredom, the need for structure, or simply for documenting a complex moment in time.
In a time of stuckness it is very easy to feel like time has paused, so engaging something that shows progression, such as journaling from yesterday to today to tomorrow, it also helps us to realize that life continues and that it is moving forward. If you haven’t journalled in a while, here are some incredible journaling benefits that will inspire you to get back into the habit.⤵
1 - Getting your thoughts down on paper helps you identify stress-inducing thoughts and beliefs that are away from reality.
2 - Writing gives structure to your anxious feelings and helps you get past them by putting your feelings into words.
3 - Writing down your fears lifts your spirits because you’re expressing your emotions instead of keeping them bottled up.
4 - When you journal, you learn to better express yourself through clear thinking, and this lets you better communicate your feelings with others, in relationships and marriage, where so many problems come from misunderstandings.
5 - Journaling helps you learn from your experiences and improve your understanding of complicated concepts when you’re able to phrase them in your own words.
6 - Expressive writing also helps you better identify what you want, making you more likely to achieve your goals by creating a practical plan to achieve them and breaking up big tasks into smaller chunks.
7 - Problems begin to look more manageable when you get them down on paper.
8 - A journal is great for accountability because it allows you to track your progress and see what’s working and what’s failing. It’s also a record of your past accomplishments, which can be essential on cloudy days when you feel nothing is going right.
9 - Worrying about incomplete future tasks contributes significantly to people’s difficulty in falling asleep, so writing a to do list before going to bed helps your mind tie all those loose ends that unravel during sleepless nights.
10 - Writing about positive events before bedtime also helps, as it redirects your mind from dark thoughts that keep you up.
11 - Journaling teaches you to pay attention and be present. Being mindful of the present moment it breaks that endless cycle of regretting the past or worrying about the future. It lets you focus on all the good things happening right NOW in life, and promote the practice of gratitude. You become optimistic, boost your self-esteem,and might motivate you to spend that day more wisely.
It doesn’t matter whether you write a single line or three pages – what matters in the beginning is that you form a habit. In order to make it part of your day, try scheduling it with your morning coffee or your bedtime prep, and start with what’s in front of you, a piece of paper or a laptop.
Letting your words flow freely is incredibly liberating, don't you think? Shall we give it a try?