Have you considered Journaling? Wait! Before your thoughts get in the way of, I don’t know how, or I don’t have the time or even why should I Journal consider this article.
Why should you Journal?
Journaling can have mental and emotional benefits, a way of releasing stress from your daily life. Journaling helps to process complex ideas and thoughts. Most of the time when you write down an idea then read it seconds or even minutes later the answer seems to pop off the page.
The beauty of journaling is that it helps you grow as a person, it can help you recognize patterns in your life as well as helps you gain perspective. As for me, at the end of the week, I like to scan through my journal to see how God secretly worked in my daily life for that week.
Journaling by hand in a paper notebook moves a different part of your brain than typing does. And before you argue that you can write faster on the computer, journaling is not about speed, efficiency, or volume. It’s about dedicating a few minutes each day to honor yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. Writing by hand helps you get in touch with all of that better than a keyboard.
Whether it’s putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard journaling can make a difference in your daily life.
However, you choose to keep your journal, there are clear benefits to doing it. In every case, they can be a huge benefit to you, personally, and enlightening for anyone you choose to share them with.
Journaling may seem a waste of time to a lot of people and time is something we can’t get back. I know that sounded negative but your time can be precious to someone else. I lost my mom several years ago and what I wouldn’t give to have the time back with her. One of the many reasons why I started to journal is for my son and for when he has children. By writing my thoughts, recording events, and the things I’ve through gives the person that reads what I have written a sense of what kind of person I am, my daily life and who I want to be. They can see the times I cried and the time that I laughed. It’s my legacy to the next generation.
Simple steps to Start Journaling
The easiest way to journal is by keeping it simple.
- When starting your journal, just date the entry and note your location.
- Start by describing your surroundings if you need to get warmed up.
- Write a little bit about your day. What’s on your mind? Think of your journal like an old friend you’re sitting down to have coffee with. Just answer, “What’s up? What’s new? What’s going on?”