The Benefits of Journaling

October 25, 2016

Every time we think about a journal, an image of adolescence, frustrated love and thousands of emotions captured in notebooks with padlocks comes to mind. However a journal is an invaluable and very important weapon that not only helps keep the memories alive, but also to have excellent mental health. Journals have returned from the trunk of memories to become a powerful weapon to deepen our lives and open a better path towards the future.

Benefits for life

First, a journal will help you have a routine. It is a great exercise to sit every day and write down your thoughts or feelings, whether it is a paragraph or many pages. It will also help your writing skills and mental organization to put your thoughts in order.

It is also a very productive way to spend time. We often prefer to do less productive things like watch an irrelevant TV show. However taking some of your free time to reflect on yourself is highly beneficial and can help you work through life difficulties.

Your journal is a place just for you where you can be with yourself and are free to be and to write. This also gives an excellent perspective when revisiting the past. You can now go back and look at it with fresh eyes.

In addition to all this, it is the perfect excuse for creativity to take flight. A journal no longer has to be kept the traditional way. You can draw in it, create songs or a comic, and even present it to the world on a blog. There are no limits to what you can do, so you can be extremely creative and let out your best ideas. They can always turn into something more.

Benefits for the soul

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of a journal is for your soul and your peace of mind. It gives you the ability to process events that were important, which you perhaps had not considered as such. Processing what happened is very important to heal and we often cannot only rely on our memories. Having something written always brings new light to our ideas.

It is also one of the most effective ways to clarify your ideas after a difficult day or if you are emotionally over-loaded. There nothing better than to sit and write it all to disentangle what may be tangled, and especially to connect with ourselves and understand our own emotions. Writing what we feel we can calm us and make us better understand what happened so that we feel less confused.

Finally, a journal is a good way to document the important things in life, recording significant lessons that we often forget. It is also a good idea to write down important questions which we may not have the answer to right now. In the near or distant future you will be able to answer them and ultimately find the common theme of your story.