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The Positive Benefits of Journaling

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Anne has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor's in Language.

A Personal Journey

Journaling is a great way to get to know yourself better.
Journaling is a great way to get to know yourself better.

The Most Personal Writing

Journaling is a personal form of writing in which you get to reflect on your life and everything that is on your mind. This allots you much freedom as to what you want to write about, and there are no rules to journaling except to get started. You don't have to have a plan or an idea for journaling since it is such a spontaneous form of writing. Here are some of the major benefits of journaling.

1. Generating Ideas

If you are having trouble coming up with ideas for a project or some other endeavor, starting a journal can help you make sense of your ideas and maybe even come up with a plan. You may even want to have a specific theme for your journal that will help you prioritize the time you take to write. The options are endless when it comes to creating a journal, and it is totally up to you how you want to begin.

2. Personal Reflection

Have you ever felt like the world was moving so fast around you that you didn't have time to pause and think about your day and how things were going just once? Starting a journal will actually give you the chance to pause at some point during your day to think about your life, your goals, and other personal accomplishments. Maybe you have a decision to make and writing about it will help you gain a clearer perspective on it. Maybe you had a rough day and you just need to vent about what happened. Whatever it is that you need to write, your journal will be there for you to reflect and think deeply about your life.


Starting a journal will help you to start thinking and reflecting about your life and your own personal goals.
Starting a journal will help you to start thinking and reflecting about your life and your own personal goals.

3. Stress Reliever

Having a journal and writing in it every day can actually help relieve stress. It has been shown to be effective in helping those suffering with anxiety and depression. This is why journaling is a great form of therapy for many. Keeping a personal journal to track your mood, your emotions, and your feelings on a day to day basis will help you feel more in control of your shifting moods. Consider writing in a journal every evening as a way to relieve stress and get out unwanted thoughts or ideas so that they are not bothering you anymore.

4. Staying Organized

Many people who have trouble staying organized day in and day out find that using a journal is a great way for them to outline information to be accomplished such as a to do list or schedule for the day. It is becoming more and more common now for daily planners to have a journal-like approach to them because when we are making plans, it becomes much more effective if we are actively reflecting on the things we are doing on a day to day basis. For many, this serves as an inspiration and motivation to stay and track and keeping being organized.

Realistic Goal Setting

Journaling can also help you set realistic goals for yourself and stay organized.
Journaling can also help you set realistic goals for yourself and stay organized.

5. Opening Up

In addition, journaling is also a great way to open up about ideas or feelings that you might not be comfortable talking to someone about yet. There could be something on your mind, or something that you have been holding back about, but you are too scared to really confront the issue or say anything to anyone about it out loud. If you have a journal to write in, you can explore the topic secretly and not feel like you have to keep things bottled up for too long. Use it as a healthy way to make considerations and move toward a goal of eventually communicating those ideas. If you have something to say to someone, you might want to practice writing a letter to them in your journal. The possibilities here are endless.

A Step In The Right Direction

If you are thinking about starting a journal, you have already made a great choice. No matter what your personal goals are, everyone can benefit from starting a journal. It doesn't have to be anything too complex. Start small and establish a daily writing routine. See where you can fit this into your schedule. You don't have to spend a lot of time on it every day, either. Just five minutes a day will actually help you to have that chance to personally reflect and think about whatever is on your mind. How you start journaling is the beginning of your journey, and you get to decide where it will take you in the future.


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