There are many good habits to take advantage of in order to make more out of life, and journaling is one of them. Here are 12 reasons why everyone, regardless of age, gender, social status, etc. – should keep a journal:
1 – Journaling forces us to slow down for a minute.
We live in a very fast paced society. Many days can pass us by before we even realize it’s actually been many weeks. Writing in a journal will force you to take a moment to slow down and realize what’s going on around.
2 – Journaling is a safe place to vent.
Every person on this planet could use a healthy outlet to vent and release strong emotions. Write it out, get it out of your brain and onto a sheet of paper so your mind can relax.
3 – Journaling helps you to enjoy special moments more by reliving the events as you write, and by having a record of milestones in life.
Writing down special moments, recording each detail as you remember it and how it made you feel will help you to cherish the moment even more. It goes back to slowing down and really dissecting the milestones you experience in life.
4 – Journaling is free.
All these benefits to offer and guess what? It’s free. Well, you might have to pay $2 for a composition notebook. But other than that, the positive effects of journaling are far too great to pass up.
5 – Journaling helps keep feelings in check.
Being overemotional is never a fun experience. Even being overly excited or joyful can lead to poor decisions. Journaling provides a release of those powerful emotions as it takes you away from the situation for a moment to settle down and vent simultaneously.
6 – Journaling helps you reflect on life in general.
Are you satisfied with the way your life is going? A journal gives you a firsthand account, in your own words, of your life. Reflect over the previous pages and ask yourself if you are living the way you’d like to be living.
7 – Journaling will take you away from social media for a few moments.
Social media can be very destructive. Put your phone aside for a bit and focus solely on your journal in front of you.
8 – Journaling helps you spot unhealthy or healthy patterns in your life.
If you are feeling low, physically or emotionally, look back through the pages of the journal you’ve been keeping and search for patterns. Did you eat out a lot? Did friends cancel plans multiple times? Thumb through the pages and find the consistencies and/or inconsistencies.
9 – Journaling will help you figure things out.
Jotting down ideas and brainstorming are great ways to figure issues out by exploring all the potential solutions. Journaling tends to be a form of this – sporadically writing down thoughts until finally something falls into place.
10 – Journals can be fun to look back on.
Similar to a photo album, old journals can be entertaining to look through years after they’ve been written. Laugh, cry, reminisce – you’ll be glad you wrote when you did because re-reading the pages will feel like re-living the moment.
11 – Journaling will keep your brain active.
Writing, reading, and planning what to write – all serve to keep the brain active and running. Neurons fire as you scribble down each sentence onto the page.
12 – Journaling will keep you grounded.
This point, in a way, ties everything together. Keeping a journal and writing in it daily will overall help you stay in check with your mind, body, emotions, habits, milestones, and anything else in your life that affects your wellness.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope this has convinced you to start keeping a journal. If you already do, awesome. We have something in common. 🙂
Have a great day!