Reasons to Start Journaling

Reasons to start journaling

Journaling isn’t something I’ve been consistently doing for a long time. I remember getting my first diary when I was eight years old and being over it after the first week. I got another one at 13 and lasted a good three months. You get the point. This cycle continued until I turned 18 and finally had the will to stick to it and saw the power in it.

Here are some quick tips that may make it easier for you if you’re unsure about trying it out. If you don’t feel like taking the time to literally write, you can always rely on a word document or even your phone. I know plenty of people who use apps like iNotes to journal. My next tip is to write about anything you want! It doesn’t always have to be serious. What you write about is completely up to you. If you want to write about college stress, that’s fine. If you want to write about the time your dog did something so funny, you cried of laughter, that’s okay too! Do whatever makes you feel good.

Now, here are some of the amazing benefits of journaling I have come to learn.

Unwind

At the end of a busy day or an exhausting week, it can be helpful to reflect and jot all your thoughts down on paper. Getting all of that overwhelming energy out of your mind can be just what you need. Plus, it’s important to unwind and get rid of any tension you may be feeling. Why carry that around with you if it doesn’t have to be there? If you practice any other self-care methods, this could be a great addition to your routine.

Reflection & Clarity

Journaling will allow you to reflect on your day, past experiences, future goals and whatever else you want to write about. Taking the time to do this will enable to see things from a different light, see things you’ve never seen before and/or strengthen your understanding it.

Memories

Writing about memories can also be therapeutic. The happy ones will allow you to relive that moment once again and the not-so-great ones can possibly help you work through certain things.

Do you journal or are you thinking about starting? Let me know!

-Carine