The Benefits of Jotting In A Journal

Writing is not only amazing for the brain and creativity, but it is also very therapeutic, in fact there is a therapy known as journal therapy!

Journaling has been shown to bring awareness to and improve mental health.  With unplanned writing the pressure is taken away and the flow of free thought is invited onto the pages of your very own journal.

Still not convinced? An article written by Roger Hiemstra also outlines the many benefits writing a journal has for the individual;

  • Personal growth and development

  • Increased confidence, intuition and self- expression

  • Increased ability to problem solve: Looking at a problem on paper can increase your ability to think more logically about how to solve it.

  • Reduce stress and other negative emotions.

 

Time to put away the keyboard and opt for a paper journal and pen.

If you think owning a paper book and pen is medieval, then think again - hand writing is preferred to typing as it forces you to slow down and focus on the writing. Sitting at a screen all day is not the best for your eyes or posture, so put away the keyboard and opt for a paper journal and pen.

Start here:

  • Treat yourself to a new, personalised journal. This may be a leather bound one, a bright and glittery number or something basic will do.

  • The next step is to keep it beside your bed at night and throw it in your bag when you leave the house. This way, when a thought or idea, negative or positive, pops into your head, you can write it down and free your mind of that thought. This version of mind clearing is allowing yourself to have a break from the 100 things you need to remember to do later, or the 1000’s of new ideas that pop into your head then disappear – much to your frustration. Not only will you feel less overwhelmed, you will also increase your productivity and level of focus by decreasing your distractions and thought clutter.

  • Come back to these point and thoughts. Re-read through them at the end of the week or day, this may jog your memory to something important that you needed to get off your mind at the time.

  • Don’t look back, when writing a stream of consciousness, it is important to avoid worrying about editing, spelling mistakes or word choice. These are your personal thoughts and for your eyes only. Keeping your words true to your thoughts is key to getting the most out of it

  • Stressful day or event? Write about it, treat your journal like the punching bag you would hit for physical release or the run you would go on to let off some steam. Your journal is a space where you can let loose, express how you really feel and reap in the benefits: Relief!

  • Write about both positive and negative elements

  • Reap the benefits:  A study conducted on university students in America has shown that by sharing your cognitive and emotional thoughts in a journal, you can create a more positive mindset. By explaining situations or events in detail as well as your personal emotional response, you are creating sense of awareness and acknowledging situations instead of bottling them up. Through this form of release, you will feel a deeper sense of relief and happiness.

So go ahead and get your thoughts onto paper and reduce the mind clutter.