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 fathers and mothers of America.
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Whether you are plotting out a new business, processing your thoughts in a safe place or creating a documentary of a journey, or even a brain dump, 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 processes 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 Bible journaling, bullet journaling or writing longhand in a leather-bound book filled with empty pages, you are expressing yourself in a very profound way. Journals are like a snowflake in that no two journals are alike and there is great power in having an outlet to share whatever is on the forefront of 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. Journaling get let bad feelings out and let them go.
Remember what happened- Life is fleeting. What you are experiencing today is going to be a memory in a very short amount of time. What you feel about 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. You won't always ne on that special trip. Journaling creates a timeline where you can live in the moment and reflect back in the future. Nothing is better than going back and revisiting who you were back then and recognizing how far you’ve come and seen that things really did work out for the best. It's also a great way to reflect on the gratitude of life's events.
Being able to see how you worked through issues and made it is beneficial. One day your family may read your journal and have a new and profound understanding of who you were and what you were managing at different times of life. You can also look back and see how you could have handled situations better.
Journaling has benefits that come alive when you move the thoughts and ideas from your head to a journal. There are undeniable advantages to exploring the possibilities, expressing yourself and have a historical perspective on life.
Do you have a journal? What kind? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.