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Benefits of Journaling

Posted on January 11 2019

 

Often upon hearing the word ‘Journaling’, an image comes to mind of a young girl sprawled out on her bed expressing her deepest thoughts to a beloved diary.  Journaling, it seems, still reflects an adolescent behavior that adults no longer need to take part in.  However, recent research has shown that spending a few minutes each day writing out our thoughts, can remarkably help our well-being.  In fact, by taking the time to journal daily, one opens itself up to the many benefits below:

  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Continued Learning
  • Greater Self-Awareness/Mindfulness
  • Heightened Confidence
  • Increased Motivation
  • Improved Decision Making
  • Healing Power
  • Enhanced Mood
  • Higher Level of Critical Thinking 

While picking up a pen and expressing oneself might come naturally to some, others may struggle to write out the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that truly make up a journal.  Not knowing where to begin or what to say, is completely normal though, which is why we have comprised a list for how to write and even what to write when it comes to journaling! 

How to Write:

  • Use a pen and a piece of paper.  Our computers might be our go-to, but old school is the way to go when it comes to journaling!
  • Try to write a minimum of 3-4 sentences.  If you can write more, even better!
  • Consistency is best, so strive to journal once a day to reap the full benefits. 
  • Keep your writing personal.  By doing so, you will be less hesitant to truly express yourself.
  • Reflect before, during, and after your journaling session.  
  • Do not rush. Give yourself a specific period of time to complete your entry.  Whether it is 5 minutes or 15 minutes, allocate time each day to your writing and use it!
  • Complete your writing when you wake up or as you settle down for the night. 

What to write:

  • Your happy moment for the day
  • A problem that you have overcome
  • A goal for the day/week/month/year
  • Something you achieved that day
  • Something you are looking forward to
  • The things that you are thankful for
  • One thing you have learned today
  • An expression of your emotions

Ultimately, your journal is a personalized tool to help you through life.  It is “an ideal environment in which to ‘become’.  It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, explain, remember, and dream” (Brad Wilcox).  And whether you choose to write in a big pink notebook or to start your entry with the words “Dear Diary’, it might be just the thing you’ll want to pick back up this new year.  

 

1 comment

  • Catherine : January 21, 2019

    What is new. Do we have any thing going or virtual races..

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