Three Big Benefits Of Keeping A Journal
Journaling is older than the written word. Men and women have been tracking their lives since cavemen were drawing crude pictograms on walls. It is in our DNA to draw, write, process and document our journey through life. Some of this country’s most beloved treasures are the journals and accounts written by the founding mothers and fathers of America.
Physically writing lost a bit of favor with the growth of digital technology. 🙂 However it it now enjoying a resurgence. And I think it’s a good thing.
Whether you are planning a new business venture, writing to process your thoughts in a safe place, or creating a documentary of a journey or event, journaling is an effective way to sort through life and create new outcomes.
There are three big benefits to keeping a journal
- Exploration of possibilities
- Expressing the experience of life
- Gaining personal historical perspective
Explore the possibilities- Journaling creates a safe space to ponder any and every idea that comes to mind. Sometimes one of the best ways to manage the overwhelm of life is to empty your head of the thoughts, ideas, and information running through your mind. Writing down the information frees you up to let it go. The brain is no longer required to manage so much information.
Journaling your thoughts and dreams flexes your imagination and fires neurons that expand ideas. Writing things out creates a space for ideas to come and be catalogued. Then you can go back and add to the ideas or let them go if they no longer suit you. The simple act of asking yourself what if invites the possibilities to come. Writing the ideas that come to mind makes room for you to explore what it would take to make them a reality.
Express yourself- Just as art, music and dance are forms of expression, journaling is a fundamental way that people express themselves. Whether you are doing gratitude journaling, bullet journaling or writing long hand in a leather bound book filled with empty pages, you are expressing yourself in a very profound way. No two journals are alike and there is great power in having an outlet to share whatever is uppermost on your mind.
Expressing yourself gives you an outlet to manage the emotions of a difficult time in life. The activity of writing in a journal can be a way to recharge your batteries and do some self-care. Journaling can give a pathway to a passion to write about, draw, or capture your biggest ideas when they have your full attention.
Remember what happened- Life is fleeting. What you are experiencing today is going to be a memory come tomorrow 🙂 What you are feeling today about your life– happiness, sadness, elation, or confusion– won’t always be the case. You won’t always be pregnant. You won’t always be in the beginning stages of starting your business. Journaling creates a timeline of your life experience. It’s amazing to be able to revisit your personal journey in depth with the help of your journal.
If you choose to, you can pass your journals along for your family to read and gain a new and profound understanding of who you were and what you were managing at different times of life–or not, if you use them more to vent and release 😉
Journaling has benefits that come alive when you move the thoughts and ideas from your head to the written page.. These benefits include exploring the possibilities, expressing yourself and having a historical perspective on your life.
I have just started creating a collection of journals and planners on amazon–search Cate Vissell or click on the image below to see for yourself 🙂