Benefits of Journaling Journaling has many benefits.
- Free Expression
Journal writing allows you to express yourself without being judged, regardless of age, sex, race or creed. You’re able to write your thoughts and feelings and “get things off your chest” without restrictions and fear of criticism.
- Stress Relief
The act of free expression brings with it relief, calm and relaxation.
Journal writing heals. It acts as your self-help psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, neurologist, or medical practitioner without the stark cost.
- Problem Solving
Identify hidden sources of stress in your life
- Positive Mindset
Keeping a journal helps develop a fresh perspective of your situation. As you read through your past entries, you get a broader view of your life. You reflect on yourself, gain a better perspective, and act more maturely when faced with similar situations.
- Memory Aid
Your journal refreshes your memory when it fails you. You’ll be amazed at how much you forget. Reviewing your journals could easily bring back lost memory.
- Receptable (Memento)
While cleaning up in preparation for our transfer to a new home, I saw a bunch of my kids’ works including art works, letters, cards and school assignments. I had collected them over a period of eight years and to me, they form a priceless part of my journals. They brought back memories of those precious innocent years when they expressed their feelings more. I saw in those mementoes what I meant to them. Sadly, I also saw my shortcomings; but, I guess, it’s never too late.
- Road Map
Tells you what to do. Provides advice on paths to take.
1) Power (and freedom) to be who you are
– speak out without fear of ridicule, shame, embarassment, isolation
– when in an emotional relationship like first love for teens, divorce, infidelity, transfer of
– Who cares? It’s your private space, haven, refuge, kingdom.
– You are the master and king or queen.
– You control whatever you write in.
– Beware to keep it in a safe place.
– strip yourself naked
Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while. ~Author Unknown
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took
to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin
2) Therapy to maintain good mental health
– relieve stress
– learn to deal with
– heal yourself – you cry and experience catharsis (calm after the storm)
– learn the values of forgiveness, gratitude and compassion
– have something to turn to in difficult times
journaling for therapy
writing as a therapy
One of the most healing things you can do is recognize where in your life you are your own poison.
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease. ~Hippocrates
In West Africa, when a person in the village becomes sick, the Healer will ask them, “When was the
last time you sang? When was the last time that you danced? When was the last time that you shared
a story?” ~Harvey Cox
3) Self-discovery – self-development – self-improvement — Discover yourself through the years
One day to collect the scattered fragments of myself, and give them symmetry, and wholeness, and
use. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
– See who you were years ago
– dreams, aspirations, goals
– past experiences
– how you dealt with it
– ebb and tide patterns
4) Learn — valuable lessons
– become level headed
– achieve maturity
To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the
only solution. ~Jo Coudert, Advice From A Failure (Thanks, Elizabeth!)
In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own. ~Alice Walker
In order for something to become clean, something else must become dirty. ~Imbesi’s Conservation
of Filth Law
1) Buy a journal you love and makes you happy and inspired
– you don’t want to write in notebooks or lined
– something you’re inspired with
– moleskine – classic, ruled
– relieve what’s in your head; clarity
2) Write whatever is on your mind.
– ignore other people’s judgment
look back and see growth and patterns and past experiences
3) Don’t worry about how your writing sounds
– just let it go, let it flow