Journaling is one of the best activities anyone could possibly take up. It is a form of self-expression and exploration that allows you to focus on yourself. It can also lift and empower people to understand their complex feelings. Journaling, which forces you to withdraw into a silent space, helps you clear your mind, make important connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and can even reduce the effects of mental illness. It can result in many positive outcomes and improvements in the quality of your life. There are many reasons why a person can journal. From mood journals, travel journals to gratitude journals—there’s a specific journal for every part of your life.
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Benefits of Journaling:
- Improve your writing: It helps you to train your writing. If you want to practice or improve your writing, the best thing to do is to start a journal. All you need is to start writing your thoughts. The more you write, the more articulate you become. This is an exceptional benefit because it also means that you will communicate your stance on issues and other beliefs in ways that others can easily understand and thus, accurately present yourself.
2.Set & achieve your goals: A journal is a good place to write your goals, ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. By keeping them in a diary, you can monitor your progress and continue to focus on the next milestone. As 2021 is close by, this might be a good time to start journaling.
Your journal is also a safe space that you can keep completely private. When setting milestones or goals, you can be as audacious as you’d like. You can dream big without the fear of being mocked or told that what you’re aiming for is impossible.
- Keep your thoughts organized: Starting a journal helps us to organize our thoughts and make them apprehensible. You can record daily events, thoughts and feelings about certain experiences or opinions. If you journal consistently, when revisiting your past entries, you may be able to discover certain patterns or habits that either need to be broken or reinforced. Either way, both will contribute to growth and self-development.
- It allows you to self-reflect: Journaling is a good way to help us stop, take a step back and reflect on ourselves. We can self-reflect on gratitude or on the decisions we made throughout the day. Daily reflection can be done at night before bed or early in the morning when you wake up. With introspection, we give ourselves the opportunity to regroup and make more mindful and deliberate choices, as we hope for better outcomes.
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How To Start:
Find the right space to write: When you’re writing, it is helpful to be in a space where you can focus and concentrate. A quiet room with no distractions works best.
Close your eyes and reflect on your day: you may not know what to write about and that’s perfectly okay. Your journal can be about anything you want. A good way to begin writing is to close your eyes and think about what and how you’re feeling.
Dive in and start writing: It is easy to begin sentences with, “I feel,” or “I think,” or even “I wonder.” Don’t feel pressured to stick to any particular format or topic. This is your personal space, so you should feel comfortable writing in whatever style you want.
By: Dammy Eneli