By: Zaghra Savahl
What is it about journaling that has caused it to stand the test of time? What benefits does it provide? For anyone that's ever seen the movies The Notebook or Bridget Jones` Diary, you will know how integral journaling is to those stories. Much like real-life, journaling provides stability to centre your emotions, your psyche, and ultimately your sense of self.
The year 2020 has been tumultuous – to say the least – and 2021 just cranked up the turmoil. Many people have been practicing social distancing due to the pandemic, and they have found themselves in isolation, which can get lonely…very lonely. Adding on to the weight of the world's problems, being too much in your own thoughts for extended periods of time can have a negative effect on your health and your overall well being. It's safe to say that an outlet is needed. For many years, an outlet that has been highly recommended is journaling. Journaling is the practice of recording your thoughts, often in the form of a notebook, which has many benefits. This tool and practice is not only needed, but it is essential.
“By the time I got to junior high, I started to have emotional drama with hormones and puberty so that’s when it became a catharsis for me. I got a clear sense that I wanted to pour my heart out, have that emotional outlet and find emotional balance. I learned very quickly that I could soothe myself with my writing by telling myself my deepest secrets, concerns, and fears, and then give myself comfort
-Mark Matousek interview with Kathleen Adams, Journal to the self, 2014
With the daily pressures of life and the stress that it brings, journaling can be that source of comfort that you need, through both the highs and the lows. Let's take a look at how it can be of benefit to you.
Improves your flow of writing
One of the greatest benefits of journaling is that a journal doesn't judge. It doesn't matter whether your grammar is on form or your spelling is accurate, all you need to do is write. Journaling improves your flow of writing in the sense that the more you do it, the easier it becomes. It improves the process of molding your thoughts into words. Whether it’s an idea you have or an emotion that you are struggling to express, once you start journaling consistently, you will find that formulating your thoughts, ideas and feelings becomes easier the more you journal.
Journaling is an ancient tradition that has stood the test of time – for very good reasons. Through the good times and the bad, its benefits have helped many to get through those tough times and to save those times when you`ve been at your best. It helps you to reflect and to discover the link between your deepest thoughts and your sense of purpose. All you need to get started is to put pen to paper.
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