• The Amazing Benefits of Journaling

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    Have you ever wondered why influential world leaders kept journals? Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway – to name a few. Journaling can be overlooked as the old-school tradition of “Dear Diary”. Some people may see writing as merely a tool with little or no value. So, the question remains – why did such great leaders spend time and effort into journaling?

    The Importance of Journaling

    People think journaling is talking about what activities happened that day, who they encountered and simple recordings of what’s going on in life. Journaling can be so much more than that. It’s the cathartic release in the present and the potential impact of your words in the future that makes it special. Maybe your kids, grandkids and generations to come will want to know your story. A journal helps you share it.

    Journaling is about exploring thoughts and feelings surrounding the major and minor events in your life. You can write about the small details like what restaurant you ate at or who you visited. Or you make it more thought-provoking and write about certain life themes or events.

    In everyday life, people consume massive amounts of information. It’s important to journal because what you write, you learn. Making journaling a habit takes time, discipline and effort. But the benefits are worthwhile.

    Here are 4 amazing benefits of journaling:

    1. Reduces stress

    Writing about your feelings such as anger, sadness, grief or other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. You can also write about the good times, the joy and happiness you felt about certain moments. Putting pen to paper will help you collect your thoughts and express how you truly feel. By doing so, you can feel a release and calmness.

    2. Clarifies thoughts and feelings

    Self-consciousness is the enemy of writing. Try writing without being worried about grammar, punctuation or what others might think. Clear your thoughts by writing down exactly how you’re feeling or thinking.

    3. Boosts memory and comprehension

    Words are representations of thoughts and ideas. As you journal, your memory is strengthened as you recall certain events and ideas. Your writing and comprehension also gets better over time. Journaling is an exploration of words too – giving you a desire to find new words and increase your vocabulary.

    4. Sparks creativity

    Write freely and don’t be self-conscious. This helps you discover creative ideas you never even knew you had. Writing also helps you harness your creativity. By regularly writing in your journal, you learn the process of writing complex ideas simpler and more effectively. You can also brainstorm ideas in your journal to spark creativity.

    Is journaling only done by pen and paper?

    Absolutely not! There are several ways to journal. It’s important to find the one that suits you best and stick to it. Being consistent is so important in journaling – that’s the whole point. You’re not trying to make it look the prettiest or sound the best. It’s about regular practice, discipline and articulating your thoughts and feelings. Here are the different ways to journal:

    • Smartphone Apps: People usually have their phones with them at all times. It might be easier for you to journal through your phone because it’s convenient and you don’t have to carry anything other than your phone with you. Use apps like Evernote, Penzu, Google Keep or Day One.
    • Pen and Paper: Sticking to the basics? Awesome! Take a pen and paper with you to help you journal as you go. This makes it easier for you to try different journaling styles like “bullet journaling”.

    Overall, journaling is a great way to let your thoughts and feelings run wild. You may find it even acts as an escape in times of pressure and stress. If anything, give it a try and see where it takes you. If you find it’s not for you, that’s okay. If you love it, you can take it a step further by starting a blog or trying different styles of journaling. Make it a habit and stick to it – you might even discover a secret skill!

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