Journaling is a therapeutic activity that can help reduce stress, promote self-awareness, and provide insight into your thoughts and feelings. The act of writing can help you to process and make sense of your experiences, both positive and negative. Journaling can also be a way to track your progress over time and set goals for yourself.
The Power of Journaling: Why You Should Start Today
Journaling every day helps us release stress and become more aware. We explain how to start this beneficial habit.
Did you keep a diary at any time during your childhood? It is a very common activity among children and adolescents, but one that we give up as we get older – often out of laziness or because we consider it a waste of time. However, journaling has many emotional health benefits. For this reason, even if you are already an adult, it can be interesting for you to recover this habit.
Journaling could be defined as the habit of writing down thoughts, emotions, feelings, dreams and reflections. In reality, it is a very open activity, which can be approached in different ways and in which there are only two requirements: to write by hand (no laptop, tablet or computer) and to engage to practice it on a daily basis.
If you want to know its benefits and some ideas to start practicing journaling, we invite you to read on.
How does journaling benefit us?
As we said, at first glance, “journaling” may seem like a typical empty activity of fifteen-year-olds. But the truth is that journaling facilitates a series of internal processes that contribute to well-being. In fact, it is not a question of writing how the day went, but of creating a space to express oneself freely.
Thus, some of its main advantages are:
Connect to yourself
By taking a moment each day to write down our thoughts, we cultivate a relationship with ourselves. This will allow us to know ourselves better, to understand how we think and to identify our most frequent beliefs and emotions. We will be able to see more clearly what our fears and dreams are, what affects us and what is good for us.
Having all this information about yourself is essential to be able to take care of yourself, love yourself and accompany yourself as you deserve. Just as we want others to see us, discover us and understand us, we also need to see us, hear us and be there for us.
Free your mind
Journaling is very effective in releasing all those emotions that overwhelm us, disturb us and that we cannot get rid of. Fears, sadness, grudges, frustrations, disappointments… We do not always allow ourselves to feel these states as they are unpleasant. However, connecting with them and expressing them is the best way to find emotional peace.
By writing in our journal, we can express ourselves without filters, knowing that no one will judge us and giving free rein to all that we carry within us. In addition, it allows us to better process events and reduce their impact on us. Then we will feel much lighter and with a free spirit to be able to continue the day.
Have a more mindful day
Journaling first thing in the morning can help you have a more mindful day. But what does that mean? Only after spending some time observing ourselves, seeing what we feel, what we think and what we need, we can better understand our mood and our reactions throughout the day. This will allow us to not act on impulse and to be more present and in touch with our emotions.
Move towards your own goals
Finally, this activity also helps us to get closer to our goals. Indeed, by keeping a written record of each day’s experiences and thoughts, we can monitor and detect what is holding us back and how we can move forward.
How to do journaling?
Journaling is not exactly like writing a diary, in the sense that it is not necessarily about recounting the experiences of the day. In fact, there are several approaches:
Start a gratitude journal, in which we write down the things for which we feel grateful each day.
Devote a few minutes a day to expressing our feelings and releasing our emotions in writing.
Write to-do lists and use the journal as a means of organization.
It is also possible to create a daily mood tracker.
Another good option is to use journaling to plan the day, focusing on how we want to feel and what we want to accomplish during that day.
Starting the day with focus will make it easier for us to achieve these goals.
In fact, these are just a few suggestions: you can combine several or develop your own practice. The key to this practice being beneficial is not so much what you write or how much time you devote to it, but perseverance. Committing to creating a habit and writing at the same time every day is essential. In a short time, you will see changes regarding your relationship with yourself.
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Vogue Health Team