4 Benefits of Journaling
Writing is my therapy, my work - and so much more. It’s where I can find and lose myself. Create, envision, imagine, and reflect. Of course, I am mostly doing this on my laptop. It’s just that age. But sometimes, I like taking an actual pen and traditional paper notebook to sit down and write about what’s going through my mind.
Technically, I could do the same typing away on my laptop. But there is just something more thoughtful - or: peaceful, I should say - about using pen and paper for reflecting.
I have been journaling for a while now. On and off. But with the birth of my son, I stepped it up a notch and began to take a few minutes usually every other day to put experiences, feelings, moments into words.
Now, I already find myself going through the pages, reading what was on my mind a few months ago. We forget how we felt in certain moments of time, although we might think we won’t. But we do. And so it was - and obviously still is - important to me to be able to freeze those moments and situations, to be able to go back to that very time of feeling and experiencing something in particular.
I want to remember in years to come. I want to turn the pages and travel back in time. I want to re-live.
This is why I was eager to share four benefits of journaling with you.
1) Get it off your chest (or rather out of your mind).
For the sake of my mental health: writing it all down is so therapeutic. Have you ever tried it? You don’t need to be a writer. You don’t have to have your thoughts all organized - just write out the words and your thought process will naturally flow. It feels good to see it on paper (on the screen) and get it out of your mind.
2) Turn inward.
Journaling is a wonderfully effective way to turn inward - and tune in with yourself. What are you feeling? How are you? And now: How are you really doing? Listen to that inner voice. Take a deep breath. Reflect. You’ll see your truest self and can be honest with yourself. Trust me, it’s pretty refreshing.
3) Organize your thoughts.
As I mentioned above: You don’t have to have all thoughts organized in your mind to journal. But it helps tremendously to get them in order, as you’re naturally forming sentences when you write (and if not, that’s ok, too). ;-) It personally helps me to think before I write - and then my thoughts naturally get organized.
4) Remember the moment.
Lastly, I journal because I want to remember. I want to remember how I was feeling in a particular moment. I want to remember what I was thinking. And when I begin reading an old journal in years to come, I want to be able to transport myself back to those moments - the good, bad, and challenging ones.
Are you keeping a journal?
Got something to share? Please leave a comment. I’d like to hear your thoughts.
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