I would be lost without my diary, I use it to write absolutely everything that happens in my day.
The good parts, the bad parts and probably the ‘boring’ parts too!
I write about my feelings of the day, the people I meet and speak too, my gratitude, positive affirmations, whether I’ve meditated or not. You name it, it goes in my diary/journal.
It is my lifesaver.
Where do you stand with journaling?
It something you enjoy doing every day? Or does it sound like an incredibly boring activity? Maybe you’ve never even thought about it!
If you don’t currently write in a journal regularly, I suggest you reconsider and give it a go! There are so many benefits to writing down your thoughts, feelings, and gratitude on a daily basis.
Journaling can help your log your achievements, emotional health, and even your physical health.
Here are some of the benefits:
1. A journal is basically a record of your life. Have you ever thought back on your high school or college days and thought, ‘What was the name of that nightclub?’ Or have you ever wondered if a particular event happened in 2005 or 2009? A journal is a useful way to record the significant events in your life.
2. Writing in a journal can be such an emotional release. When you let the tricky stuff out on paper, you can feel instantly better. Journaling gives your emotional health a quick boost.
3. You are able to view your obstacles and challenges in a new way. Things look way different in your head than they do when they are written on paper or on your phone or computer screen. You might find that many of your obstacles aren’t as challenging or stressful as you first thought!
4. You can see the progress you’ve made. When you note down your thoughts, feelings and your gratitude, they’re right there in front of you. It’s easy to look back on and see how much your life is, or isn’t, progressing. You can see where things went wrong or where they went right! Just looking back on the pages, can tell you a lot.
5. You will make progress. When you write down the most important parts of your day, you’ll start to make new things happen. You’ll be frustrated or annoyed with yourself if you keep writing the same old boring stuff day in, day out! You’ll end up wanting to do new things in order to have something interesting to write about.
6. You’ll achieve more. Studies have shown that just writing down goals significantly increases the chance of reaching them.
7. Journaling organizes your thoughts and improves your problem-solving abilities. You can clear some of the clutter out of your head when you write it down and your subconscious can begin working on a solution to a challenge.
8. Your memory will improve. If you reflect on your life at the end of the day, and record it, you’ll be much more likely to remember it. It’s a great workout for your brain and an effective way to remember memories from your life.
9. You learn about yourself. When you keep a journal, you quickly see your behavioural patterns and cycles.
Personally, for me, I love using good old fashioned pen and paper for writing in my journal. I feel I really get the emotions down and it feels more real to me than a laptop or mobile phone. Of course, if you prefer to use a laptop or device as it's more convenient for you, go for it! However writing engages your mind at a higher level.
There are so many benefits to keeping a journal, and you would be missing out by not giving it a chance. Try journaling for a full month, start creating the habit and you’ll likely find you want to continue.
A journal is a great way to organize your thoughts and record your life.
Make yourself a fresh cuppa, grab your notepad and start journaling your journey today!
Love, Light & Magic
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