Journaling helps with improving emotional and mental health, problem-solving ability, it improves your memory and organizes your thoughts. You can clear some of the emotional clutter when you journal, and your subconscious can begin working on a solution to a challenge. There are numerous benefits to recording your thoughts, life, and aspirations on a daily basis.
It will help to keep a particular kind of journal that may work best for your issue if you want to tackle a specific problem you’re having,
Create a habit by writing in your journal regularly and keep it private unless you decide to let your therapist see it or you decide to use it to help others.
Benefits of keeping a journal
* Boosts your mood – if you really want to boost your mood and sleep better, keeping a gratitude journal is a great idea. Write down what you’re grateful for today, preferably before bed. It’s a very powerful way to thinking positively before going to sleep.
* Increases your sense of well-being – as you write out your thoughts, you will feel more capable of dealing with life. You’ll start seeing issues from a new angle because you’re opening your mind to think about it. When you get the tough stuff out on paper, you will feel better.
* Lessens symptoms of depression – depression is something different from sadness, and you might need a counselor, depending on the level and type of depression. Writing it all down can make it seem less horrific and you will feel better. You can look back at days you thought life was “bad” and see better days afterwards. You learn about yourself. When you keep a journal, you quickly see your behavioral patterns and tendencies.
* Reduces anxiety – the problem with anxiety is that it was designed to help us escape immediate danger. It triggers the “fight or flight” response. You will be able to control the anxiety better if you write in your journal the way you are feeling and why you are feeling that way.
* Lowers avoidance behaviors – many people with mental health issues practice avoidance behaviors such as not going to places that cause them anxiety, or they procrastinate. When you write things down, it helps to get the feelings out but still do whatever you avoided. You view your challenges in a new way. Things look different in your mind than they do on paper or on the computer screen. It’s a little less personal when you can see it. You might find that many of your challenges aren’t as challenging as you first thought.
* Makes you a kinder person – exploring your own emotional state and accepting your own feelings while you work through what makes you who you are in your journal, is going to make you naturally more empathetic to others too. Letting go of judgment for yourself improves your thoughts for others as well.
* You will progress and achieve more. Studies have shown that just writing down goals significantly increases the likelihood of increasing them. When you record the most important happenings for the day, you’ll start to make new things happen.
* Your memory will improve. If you reflect on your life at the end of the day, and record it, you’ll be much more likely to remember it. It’s a great workout for your brain and an effective way to remember more of your life experiences.
To truly experience the full benefits of journaling, it needs to be done most days, which is why you need to find a way to incorporate it into your everyday life. The best way to accomplish this is to make it easy and turn it into a habit
Try journaling for a full month and then make an evaluation. Decide for yourself if you want to continue.
Here’s a few tips for making journaling part of your daily routine.
* Make it easy – don’t make it a huge deal and it’ll be simpler to get done. Even five or ten minutes a day will work. It’s easier to use a notebook and paper than a computer for most people. You can have the book wherever you plan to write in it, in your bag or on your bedside table or wherever it suits you.
* Choose a time that works best for you – first thing in the morning might be the best time, or the last thing before you go to bed or even while on lunch at work in the park.
* Have a drink and a snack nearby – you don’t want to have your thoughts wander while you’re writing in your journal. Make sure you’re fed and hydrated.
* Create a comfortable and accessable space – it’s easier to delve into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not thinking about how bad your tailbone hurts or your wrist hurts. Some people like using a desk, some a comfy easy chair, others their bed.
* Combine it with something else you enjoy doing – if you enjoy cleaning the house, then reading in your clean house with the windows open and the breeze flowing in, why not journal at that moment? If it’s a daily thing, add journaling to it, and it’ll create a habit fast.
*Consider playing some relaxing music, even if it doesn’t have words, to help you gather your thoughts and stay calm and focused.
* Use a particular type of journal – for some people, using a style of journaling like bullet journaling, prayer journaling, project journaling, works better since it defines some rules for entry.
* Consider using journaling prompts – you can find journaling prompts online for any type of journal you want to use.
* Reward yourself – when you have been diligent for a month writing in your journal, take some time to read what you wrote, then reward yourself for doing it. You might buy some colored pens or some scrapbooking materials so you can add some definition and interest to your journal.