I have journaled off an on ever since I was a young girl and it is a habit that I still practice today. Writing your innermost thoughts on paper, free from outside judgement, is so cathartic and therapeutic. In my quest to become a better woman; more in tune with my feeling, my dreams, and my fears, I find that journaling gives me the perfect outlet to just be me.
The benefits of journaling are so vast. Here are a few things that I particularly find most valuable.
- Catalog Your Personal History: Everyone has a story, and a journal is the perfect place to keep track of important life events and milestones. What I appreciate most about this benefit the most is how I can go back in time by re-reading old entries and reminisce and observe just how much I’ve accomplished. Sometimes, when you get caught up in life’s day to day happenings, it is easy to forget that you are ever changing. Keeping a journal allows you to monitor those changes regardless of how small they are.
- Collect Your Dreams: Everyday it seems like I have a new goal. One day I want to be more of a world traveler, the next I plot on how I can grow spiritually, the day after, I’m on the fast track to changing careers. When I don’t write my ideas down they ultimately become lost and never thought about again. Inspiration can strike at any time. Ideas have a way of popping up without much provocation. Journaling is a way to keep your ongoing bucket list fresh in your mind, and is an awesome way to track the progress in the dreams that you hold most dear.
- Relieve Stress: Sometimes when I am having a particularly rough day, I just sit in a quiet spot in my bedroom and ramble on paper. On paper I yell, I scream, I curse, and I cry and I relieve whatever anger or sadness has built up. This makes my home life better because I’ve already had a chance to formulate my thoughts before having tough discussions, and this also benefits my public life because I don’t take out my frustrations on strangers.
- Provide Self-Help: I am a big fan of seeking professional counseling when needed, but for less serious issues, keeping a journal can provide a level of self counseling. Writing your issues can help you identify patterns and triggers. A journal can sometime be your selfless friend as it will never tell you to “be quiet” or be unavailable to listen to your deepest thoughts regardless of how small or petty.
Even in my personal life I sometimes get writer’s block. Sounds odd because during these times it is easier to not pick up the pen and notebook but I resist the urge to not write by choosing one of these awesome writing prompts to provoke thought:
- What am I optimistic about?
- Things I am most grateful for.
- An experience that changed me the most.
- What I love about myself.
- What I love about life.
- My goals for the month
- What I worry about.
- What makes me feel loved.
- My website.
- My personal code of ethics.
I like to create a ritual or routine when I journal to make it enjoyable and relaxing. Some things that that provide me inspiration, comfort, and encouragement to write are:
- A quiet well lit space. Complete silence leaves me alone with my thought and my feelings.
- Sipping on my favorite tea and nibbling on a pasty while I think.
- Writing in gorgeous notebooks. I particularly love the extra girly journals from Sugarpaper.com
- Using a quality writing utensil. Tiffany & Co. ink pens are great, but so are Uniball Onyx Roller Ball ink pens, my current fave.
- Leaving judgement and self-doubt at the door. Be 100% authentic in your writing.
Do you journal regularly? Leave a comment and lets discuss.