Why do you journal?
When I am feeling so stressed (to the point of busting in to tears) I pull out a journal and make a list. Theres just something about writing everything down that helps me feel so much better after! I list all the stressors on the left side of the page and once I've gotten everything out on paper I write ideas/solutions to those stressors on the right side of the page.
I most definitely get the journaling benefit of Healing.
What benefits from journaling are you receiving?
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The Huffington Post Blog wrote an INCREDIBLE blog post about the benefits of writing and all the rest of this post is their material recycled.
The Huffington Blog:
10 SURPRISING BENEFITS YOU’LL GET FROM KEEPING A JOURNAL
By: Thai Nguyen 02/13/2015 | Updated Apr 15, 2015
1. Evoking Mindfulness
Journaling brings you into that state of mindfulness; past frustrations and future anxieties lose their edge in the present moment. It calls a wandering mind to attention, from passivity to actively engaging with your thoughts.
2. Achieving Goals
Journaling often includes your dreams and ambitions, yet the idea that scribbled words can help achieve goals is understandably fanciful. But consider building a house without a blueprint. That makes more sense.
Writing goals signals to your brain “this is important.” Your reticular activating system (RAS) then flags relevant opportunities and tools to achieve that goal. More detailed goals provide a psychological blueprint, and increases the likelihood of achieving them.
Journaling about a positive experience allows your brain to relive it. And reaffirms your abilities when the ugly head of self-doubt appears. The release of endorphins and dopamine will boost your self-esteem and mood. These reflections can become a catalog of personal achievements that you continue to go back to.
4. Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to perceive and manage your emotions, and that of others. Journaling is an outlet for processing emotions and increases self-awareness. This internal familiarity becomes a bridge of empathy, you’ll better intuit and understand what others are experiencing.
Being able to get on the same page with someone is a mark of emotional intelligence, and allows for a much deeper connection.
5. Strengthen Self-Discipline
Setting time aside to write, whether morning or evening, is an act of discipline. And discipline begets discipline. Like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. And habits formed in one area of life have a tendency to spread; as keeping your office clean leads to keeping the bedroom tidy, your daily practice of writing will domino onto other healthy habits.
Expressive writing is a route to healing — emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Dr.James Pennebaker, author of Writing to Heal has seen improved immune function in participants of writing exercises. Stress often comes from emotional blockages, and overthinking hypotheticals. He explains, “When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable.” And in doing so, you free yourself from mentally being tangled in traumas.
Studies have also shown that the emotional release from journaling lowers anxiety, stress, and induces better sleep.
7. Spark Creativity
Our struggle isn’t whether we’re creative, it’s how to let it flow.
Julia Cameron's tool is simply to write without thinking — “stream of consciousness” writing. Beyond overcoming writer’s block, stream of consciousness writing brings out thoughts and ideas you never knew you had in you, and loosens up your expressive muscles. She recommends three pages, done first thing in the morning. Including even one page as part of your journaling will get your creative juices flowing.
Journal on Journalers- Its good for you!