5 Reasons Why You Should Journal in 2018
Journaling is an act of intentional writing for the purpose of reflection, creation or mindfulness. It is usually carried out in written form although some choose to keep an online journal. At the least, it’s writing and at the most, it’s the same.
An Outlet: What was 2017 like for you? I consider last year to be one of my hardest years yet, and one thing that helped me through it was my journal. I used daily journaling as a way of attaining mental clarity, letting out all the emotions I had built up, as well as storing the good memories I had created. It was a way for me to understand all that was going on inside my mind and everything I felt the need to let go of, or action, was journaled. Once you get something out of your head and onto a page, it’s out, you can breathe for a moment! Writing is one of the best things you can do for yourself this year.
An Organiser: Did you know there are more than 5 journals you can keep at one time to help navigate life? From a Bible study journal, a prayer journal, a daily thoughts journal, to a goals journal, there are loads! If one of your 2018 resolutions is to be more organised, you might want to consider getting at least one journal to help you achieve this. You could start simple, and get a blank notebook where you keep a log of your daily/weekly targets leading up to your bigger goals.
It’s Reflective: As much as the task of reflection at work or school can be choresome, reflective journaling should be exciting and reviving. It’s beautiful when you can flick back to a page of thoughts from last year and compare yourself to that person. It’s also a way of practically tracking your personal growth, on days where you don’t feel like you’re progressing, these journal notes can help you realise the simplest of things!
It’s Healthy: The act of journaling is calming, healing as well as educational. Studies have shown that writing reduces blood pressure and is known to encourage healing from stressful and traumatic events. It is also a way to increase critical thinking skills and memory capacity. In a more spiritual sense, you can use journaling to practise gratitude and mindfulness, as well as meditations and prayers for others and for yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of journaling.
Encourages Authenticity: Whether you’re handwriting is super neat or you like to use 101 colours for one entry, your journal is unique to you. You don’t have to pretend within those pages, nor do you have to say or draw anything you don’t want to. It should be a place where you find out how you work, and learn what really makes you sad, happy and all the in betweens. See journaling as a way of communication with yourself firstly, and anyone else secondly. Use it as a tool for exiting any negative comparisons you made in the past, and entering who God has created you to be this year.
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