Are There Benefits to Journaling?
Still not sure why people are journaling?
I mean, it’s just putting words on paper. Technically you do that all the time typing and printing. We’ve all done those basic, and sometimes weird, surveys. We share intimate thoughts and moments every day on social media.
The big difference is that journaling is all for you.
We rarely (if ever) show the dark side, the inner pain, insecurities, or shame. Everything else we always try to put our best face forward. We put on that mask so people will like us, think we’re smart, pretty, or popular. Anything to feel less isolated.
I’m here to tell you you’re looking in the wrong places. That the best moments to learn and grow are in solitude and contemplation. Solitude allows you to reboot and unwind. It gives you the opportunity to discover yourself and find your voice. Cause in this noisy world we need to keep a hold of ourselves to truly thrive.
Ultimately, journaling is to know yourself better. To understand your reactions to situations, how long it bothers your, and how it changes. It also gives you time to see a situation or disagreement in a new way. Even if you can’t come to an agreement with the people, it can also help you figure out ways to get past it. The older you get the more you understand that not all situations get resolved. Moving on might be the only option.
I’m going to get a little woo woo on ya. Journaling does help you to be more mindful. In how you treat people and yourself. It strengthens your emotional intelligence (which believe me, a lot of people need to do). We can all use help in being nicer and calmer in life. Also, so when you really have a problem you can handle it and not the other way around.
On top of that, it helps you organize your mind and life. Who hasn’t had a thought or idea that they tried to remember, but didn’t write it down? Did you remember it? On time?
I certainly don’t, usually.
How are you going to achieve any big goals in life without any planning? Yes, you could put it all on your phone. But how often have you misplaced it or broken it? Yeah……
By actually writing it by hand, you have a better chance of remembering it on your own. How do you think you passed your tests in school? It wasn’t just by reading it. Writing by hand is a complex task which requires various skills. Different skills then typing on a keyboard.
And by writing it out, you see the bigger picture. Be able to figure out the little steps and see the possible pitfalls. And not just the ones your paranoia kicks out. You can even make a plan to tackle said problems.
Wanna know other things that I’ve discovered that journaling can do?
- Reduce stress
- Boost memory
- Spark creativity
- Raise self confidence
- Strengths self-discipline
- Increase productivity
- Adds clarity about yourself and your world
What are some things you get or want from journaling? What could you use more of in your life?