10 Benefits of Journaling
Through extensive research there is a great deal of evidence that shows the many benefits to journaling. in this article we will explore 10 reasons to encourage you to develop a practice of journaling to increase your creativity, improve your mental health and enhance your overall well-being.
These are unprecedented times indeed. Between battling a world wide pandemic and addressing the horrific gun violence in our streets and in our schools. we are faced with a world wide crisis. The need for better mental health have never been greater.
Take a look at these 10 benefits below and consider making journaling a routine practice in your life.
1. Improve Your Writing & Communication Skills
Practice makes perfect so writing consistently will improve your writing abilities. It will also improve your ability to express yourself in words which will increase your ability to communicate with others.
2. Self Awareness & Self Discovery
Once you get into the practice of writing you will find it easier and easier to express your thoughts and your feelings as well as your hopes and dreams. You may even be surprised to read what you write. You will discover more about yourself and how to improve your life.
3. Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Keeping a journal helps you release tension and explore your emotions which lowers your stress levels. Stress can lead to anxiety and several health problems so lowering your stress will lower your anxiety levels and improve several areas of your health.
4. Process Emotions
As you read your own words you get to look at your thoughts and emotions from a different perspective. This often gives you a deeper understanding of what you are feeling and why. It shows you your triggers so you can release the power they have over you. With a deeper understanding you can shift your perspective and see things in a different light.
5. Improve Your Memory
Writing helps you develop a relationship with your mind. When you write something down it also sends a message to your brain that you want to remember it.
6. Reach Your Goals
The written word has power so journaling helps you take action and helps you move towards your goals. As you accomplish your goals you will bring your vision to life.
7. Gain Self Confidence
As you reach each goal you will gain confidence. Seeing your personal growth can make you feel proud of your accomplishments and encourage you to continue.
8. Strengthen Your Immune System
It may seem strange but keeping a journal actually improves your immunity. It reduces stress and stress lowers your immune system so when you reduce stress you improve your immunity.
9. Enhance Creativity
The more and more you write the more you will find things flow into your mind easier and ideas seem to just pop into your mind. Writing stream of consciousness which is writing the first words or thoughts that come through your mind without thinking about it can often bring creativity.
10. Discover Inspiration
Journaling will lead to creative ideas that are often inspired. The more you practice, the more free flowing you are the more you will allow Divine inspiration to flow through you.
When you journal just relax and let it flow. It’s okay to write a few sentences or to write a few pages just give your attention to writing whatever comes to you. If you ever have trouble writing you can write things you are grateful for, write affirmations, write a diary about nature, just begin and write. To help you get started remember the word WRITE:
W – What do you want to write about? Name it; it can be as simple as your day, your dreams, something you’re grateful for or something that happened that you want to process.
R – Review or reflect on it – close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and focus.
I – Investigate your thoughts and feelings then just start writing and keep writing.
T – Time yourself – Schedule a time that you can devote to writing for 5 to 15 minutes straight.
E – Exit – re-read what you’ve written and reflect on it with one or two sentences.
Take your time, enjoy the process and watch your life unfold in magical ways.
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