Why Writing in a Diary Is Good for You

August 4, 2016

When you walk down the street or ride the subway in a big city, all you have to do is look at other people’s faces to see the stress moving from one place to another without stopping. It seems like nothing else matters but getting where they need to be. So their smiles fade and their hearts remain paralyzed in their daily routine.

But it doesn’t all have to be so dark. Find the light within you and you can capture it through writing. Life is like a blank page; it’s built up as you go along, and writing in a diary will help you keep track of your thoughts and release your frustration in a healthy way.

Having a diary, no matter how old you are, is a good tool for managing your emotions and feeling good about yourself and the world around you. But if you need another reason to convince you of how helpful it is, keep reading. And when you’re finished, pick out a nice journal and pen to start your new diary. You’ll certainly be thankful for it!

“When you write, you project a world that fits you.”

-Jesús Fernández Santos-

Stress will be a thing of the past

Writing in a diary will help you find emotional balance. You’ll be better able to deal with any stress you might be feeling. Write about any little setback that you experience to get it off your mind and see it from a new perspective, so that you can think more clearly and find better solutions.

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Your diary doesn’t just have to contain everything that happens each day; it could be a place where you write about your worries, hopes, or anything that you consider to be important. It could be a place where your emotions are free to be shown. What if you want to write poetry, quotes, memories, or songs? Well, it’s your diary and you’re free to write anything your heart desires.

We live in a world full of stress, hurry, and technology that make us want everything quickly and instantly. It’s time to stop, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and focus on your inner world. Because only you are capable of opening that door and letting your emotions leave and take shape on paper. Peace and quiet is necessary to be able to connect with yourself.

You’ll improve your memory

You can keep a diary to write down anything you want to remember, like someone’s phone number, things you need to buy, quotes that have inspired you to have a good day, or anything else that helped your emotional balance.

If you make a habit of writing in your diary, you’ll notice that your creative thoughts will start to flow more easily, and you’ll feel more motivated to write things down that would otherwise have remained buried in your heart.

Maybe you prefer to write a sentence that comes to your head after having a particular experience. It’s comforting to go back and read it again, remembering how nice that moment was. Rereading your own words will give you the opportunity to feel that feeling again.

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”

-Meister Eckhart-

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It will help you find yourself

After a while, it’s always interesting to go back and read what you wrote before, to see how you’ve evolved, to know if the problems you worried about were ever solved, and to remember how you got through the difficult times.

So on those gray days when you feel like you haven’t done anything with your life, go back and read your diary and retrace those paths that you’ve traveled, those big and complicated steps that you’ve taken.

And if that’s not enough, writing in a diary is a form of self-therapy that will help you find yourself, get to know yourself better, understand your feelings, and discover whether you really want to keep thinking in the same way, or if you prefer to change your perspective and enhance your emotional well-being.

Do you want to keep a diary? Go ahead, let your emotions come to life on paper!

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