Are you wondering what all the fuss is about writing a journal in the realm of personal development?
And you’re yet to start journaling?
Since I started writing a journal regularly, I’ve discovered several benefits of journaling and learned why keeping a journal is good.
Below I’ll list all the benefits of journaling I’ve experienced to encourage you to start journaling so you too can experience the benefits of writing a journal.
But first, let’s start with the big picture of why you want to start journaling:
- Start journaling for mental health.
- Start journaling for manifestation.
- Start journaling for self-improvement.
- Start journaling for self-love.
- Start journaling for anxiety.
Journaling is great for keeping your mental health at an optimal level, manifesting your ideal life, adapting continuous self-improvement, exercising self-love, and taming anxiety.
Because writing things down and journaling does wonders in several ways.
The Benefits of Journaling
1. Journaling Clears Your Mind
Have you ever had days when you feel like millions of thoughts are competing to come out at the same time?
It’s like standing in the middle of busy traffic with hundreds of cars incessantly honking and racing around you.
Imagine you’re lifting cars one by one with your thumb and index finger like Wonder Woman and tossing them into the sky, clearing them out of your way.
Wouldn’t that be super awesome?
Since the superwoman thing can only happen in the movies, we mere mortals will have to settle for the next best thing, called journaling.
Yep, that’s right.
Journaling declutters your mind and makes it a traffic free zone.
Dumping all your thoughts onto a blank page gives you a cathartic experience and fills your mind with peace and calmness (and breathing space!).
2. Journaling Improves Clarity and Focus
Decluttering your mind through journaling turns chaos into order (remember traffic-free streets?).
Journaling lifts brain fog and strengthens clarity and focus in your thinking.
Writing in a journal allows you to think, dig deeper into your inner self, and be mindful of the moment.
You can also use journaling as a tool to tackle life problems by laying out all the issues and exploring options to solve them.
Sometimes, the most simple and obvious solutions materialise when we write them down.
Journaling is an excellent form of exercise for self-reflection and having an honest and constructive Q&A session with yourself, which is vital for self-awareness.
And it makes you feel grounded, stay in tune with yourself, make a deeper connection within, and feel content.
3. Journaling Enhances Communication Skills
Journaling is great for collecting your thoughts, arranging them in a narrative form, and enhancing one of the core soft skills: communication.
Writing down your thoughts trains you to use logic and reason in your writing.
Therefore, express yourself well and become a better communicator.
Whether in person or in writing, there’s something to be said for being able to convey yourself with an assertion.
It’s no wonder that almost every successful person I’ve met has phenomenal communication skills.
4. Journaling Creates a Valuable Archive
Writing a journal allows you to archive your life goals, achievements, and failures chronologically.
No matter what stage you’re at, reading through your journal will stir up memories and emotions.
- Take you right back to a specific moment in your life.
- Remind you of the dreams you once had.
- Your achievements and failures.
- The difficulties you overcame.
- Where you’re heading now and so on.
It’ll certainly be an excellent source of inspiration for your memoir down the road!
Living an outrageously bold life (a life that you don’t give a toss about what others think) means that you can’t NOT write a memoir about it for your children.
So, How Do You Write a Journal?
Find the Right Tool
Whether it’s an electronic journal or a paper journal, find what’s comfortable for you.
Over the years, I’ve had all types of journals.
I also write on my blog, in the Grammarly app, or in Word documents every day.
Grammarly is cool because it fixes all your grammar. And it’s free.
You can sign up for a free account here and start journaling!
I also keep a pen and notepad next to my bed and scribble while lying in bed in the morning or evening.
Find the Right Time
You can incorporate journaling into your morning ritual or your night routine.
There is no right or wrong time.
Find the time when you feel most relaxed so that you can purge everything whirling inside you.
Find Joy (and Consistency)
Find joy in writing a journal by expressing yourself freely and candidly.
It’s your private journal; no one judges you.
By being truly honest with yourself, you have a cathartic experience you look forward to each day.
Therefore, write with consistency.
Whether you write on a blog or in your private journal, journaling will help you clear your mind, gain clarity in thinking, and become good at expressing yourself.
Also, did I mention writing your own memoir one day?
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