Keeping a journal may sound a bit childish, but it’s actually a really powerful tool for a happy mind. Journaling is simply writing down your feelings and thoughts to understand them more clearly. Especially when you’re struggling with stress or anxiety, journaling is a great way to help you get back control of your emotions. Here are 5 reasons to keep a journal:
1. Self-awareness and reflection
Writing about your day, thoughts and feelings help you gain perspective on any situation. Being self aware is one of the most important skills to master to become an overall better person. Journaling is a great tool to help you be more aware and to reflect on your feelings, thoughts and behavior. And when you’re aware of those feelings, thoughts and behaviors you can work on improving them.
2. Clears your mind
When you’re writing about your thoughts and feelings you’re also decluttering your mind. By writing your thoughts and feelings down they are easier for your brain to process. You’re just simply transfer the problems in your head to paper! You will free up mental space and this make you think more clearly.
3. Insight and understanding
When you journal, you actually have a dialogue with yourself. Writing down your thoughts can help you to be more open to insights you may have missed before. This helps you to understand a situation better. So when you written down a few situations, read them again and try to learn from them. What themes do you see? Are you giving up on your goals? Are you spending your time on the wrong things and people? Read again and again, and start looking for the answers.
4. Track your overall development
Life happens fast and we often forget to take a moment to stop and look at what’s happening to us. By writing in a journal you see how you’ve changed over time. You can see what went right and what went wrong. And when you have a clear picture of that, you can learn from it.
5. Problem solving
Journaling will help you to solve problems more easily. It’s the same effect as talking with a friend about your problems. This helps reduce stress and provides relief. Journaling works the same! It helps you to clarify the problems in your own mind and allows you to find a solution.
Do you keep a journal?