Most people would think that journaling entails a whole “Dear Diary” type of vibe, but in reality journaling does more than just help you record your memories or find self-expression, it’s good for your health too! Plus, journaling is no longer old-fashioned, or just for folks of a certain older-and-wiser age. It’s something that you need to do NOW! I always thought that I had started my journaling-journey about 3 to 4 years ago. But I recently discovered (while doing some spring/quarantine cleaning) that I’ve been journaling ever since I was a kid. Most of my journals from when I was younger, did begin with that famous “Dear Diary” line, but I guess once I started maturing I really found my true purpose when it came to my journals. I’ve found that journaling has many purposes and in my opinion it’s a great way of keeping all of thoughts, memories, and even life goals organized in one place + it also gives me another reason to swing by every 2-3 months to HomeGoods, so I can buy myself a new journal! I usually go through an entire journal within 2-3 months, because I write so much in them!
I’ve created a routine of writing down every morning what I’m thankful for and my daily/weekly goals. By doing so, I’ve found that this simple morning routine keeps me motivated and centered throughout the week. Which is why I am firm believer that journaling has some great virtues! Here are 4 good-for-you virtues of journaling :
Reduces Stress :
An overabundance of stress can be damaging to your physical, mental and emotional health. I strongly believe that journaling is an incredible stress management tool, because you can always jot down your feelings, rather than bottling them all up. We sometimes feel like the best way of managing certain situations, is by keeping them to ourselves. Which is okay, if you know how to manage yourself under a lot of stress, but I’m not that type of person. I personally love talking and expressing myself with those closest to me, and I even express myself in my journals, because I feel like I’m letting go of anything that might be stressing me out at the moment.
Keeps Your Memory Sharp :
Journaling helps you keep your brain on tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, it also increases working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing. Alex always asks me, “how is it that I remember so many things from the past”, and the answer too that is simple, I WRITE IT ALL DOWN! 😂
Holds You Accountable :
Many people like to record facts and figures in their journal, especially ones which relate to an important life change. Whatever the nature of your change, your journal can help you to achieve it. Seeing your progress in black and white helps you carry on when your motivation is at rock-bottom! Like I said before, I personally love writing down all of my daily/weekly goals in my journals, and being able to see how I accomplish each and everyone of them keeps me even more motivated!
Encouraged Positive Thinking :
When you write in your journal, don’t dwell on the things that went wrong. Focus on the positive aspects of your day or week – even when you have to dig hard to find something (trust me, you’ll find something). We tend to focus a lot on the bad things that happen to us, and forget about all the good that has happened, and it’s important to keep in mind that dwelling on the bad won’t help you progress in life. Shifting your focus will help you see a faster change in your attitude and life. One way that I like to exercise this specifically, is by listing the things which were not just good but BETTER! It helps me shift my focus and realize how blessed I truly am.
Ready To Start Journaling?
YOU GET IT : Journaling is good for you – physically, mentally and emotionally. But what if, like myself, you ever find yourself stuck, staring frustrated at a blank page, because you don’t know what to write about. Well firstly, ditch the guilt of not being consistent or instantly motivated. It needs to come out naturally and you can simply start where you are. If you need to initially just write a single line, or detail the specifics of what you had for breakfast, do it. Don’t preoccupy yourself with managing perfect punctuation, grammar, spelling or your best handwriting…..because chances are you’re the only one reading your journal! Just write and don’t censor yourself, this is for YOU! Remember : You don’t have to be Shakespeare.
So go ahead, grab one of those marble journals at HomeGoods and set aside a dedicated space and time for journaling, you can thank me later!💛
XOXO, Yesi 🥂