Many people think that keeping a journal is a waste of time. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Many important historical figures kept journals, and there is a good reason for that. There are many benefits of writing a journal, and doing it is easy! If you want to learn why and how to journal, read on.
Writing regularly is a huge mental health boost. When you write about your day, you get a safe, secure way to vent about any kind of stress or anxiety you’re feeling. This means that instead of bottling it up or saddling someone else with your problems, you can take some of that weight and siphon it off into the pages of your journal.
These mental health benefits are so well documented that journal writing is a very common prescription from mental health professionals. Therapists, counselors, and other people who work in the mental health field often swear by the therapeutic effects of keeping a diary.
Besides the mental health benefits, there are plenty of other reasons to keep a journal. Treasured possessions from family members who have passed away often include a journal that tells their story. Keeping a diary of your life can serve as an interesting and valuable capsule of the time in which you lived for your children and grandchildren.
So, how to journal effectively? If you are going for a journal to help with your mental health, there are some guidelines to follow. Writing about stressful events has been shown to soften the blow and improve the mind’s process of dealing with these events. However, the best results are from telling a story, rather than just documenting emotions. When writing a journal, rather than just saying “I have been stressed out at work,” it is important to delve into how and why this came about. Talk about what happened, and what you thought about it at the time and as you are writing. This method of writing gives the best benefits.
One thing to keep in mind when writing your journal is that you must be honest with yourself. The biggest benefit of writing a journal is the ability to sort out your thoughts and figure out what you are really thinking. If you allow yourself to record the half truths that you tell yourself to avoid confronting the real situation, it will not have the same mental health benefits. Make sure to think deeply about what the real truth is about a situation, even if it is ugly. Writing it down will help you become more mindful of yourself, which is the only way that you can improve.
Writing a journal is a great way to get more in touch with yourself and work through problems in a safe space. By writing problems down, you get to relive them safely and start looking for solutions in a more objective way. This process has big mental health benefits! Start writing a journal tonight before bed, and see what a difference it can make in your life.