10 reasons why everyone should practice journaling.
Why do people practice journaling? Does it really do wonders or is it a waste of time? My post answers this question for you.
Are you one of those people who wake up in the morning and the first thing they have to do is write? Whether it is practicing gratitude, setting goals, or just writing down your feelings. Well…I sure am! I like to start my morning with self-affirmation to recognise my self-worth and create a to-do list for the day to have short-term goals to achieve. The best time for journaling is mornings and evenings. Journaling in the evening is a great idea as well. It helps us to practice self-reflection and determine what or if something should be changed.
People who journal feel fulfilled, happy and confident for a reason. There are many benefits of journaling. You may be surprised to hear that journaling can impact your physical health too. After all, your mind and body are closely connected.
This is the exact reason why a big part of my business is about the creation of different journals. I believe that it truly benefits every single person as it allows us to discover ourselves, express our thoughts/feelings judgment-free, and is a great tool to help us grow personally and professionally.
But, before we explore these amazing and maybe even surprising benefits of this practice, let’s look at two types of journals- prompt journals and dot-grid journals.
It is a great method of journaling if you don’t know where to start or what to write about. It helps you to find focus. For instance, if you suffer from anxiety, prompts help you to determine what to write about and ultimately, how to best cope with this issue. You can either find prompts for inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, or different blogs. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-made journals online which consist of prompts.
For my prompt journals, check out my books page on my website.
This is another amazing way of journaling. A dot-grid journal is a blank journal with dotted pages. Dotted pages are the best because they are not as obtrusive as lines but they help you to keep your writing or drawings in a straight line. This type of journal allows you to be creative and design your own planner, journal, or diary. It can be used for anything! Planning your meals, budget, work, writing down your thoughts, practicing self-care…the possibilities are endless! However, it requires more time. If you are a busy person who has about 5-10 minutes a day for journaling, then pre-made prompt journals might be a better fit for you.
If you are interested in creating your journal or planner, check out my books page on my website for dot-grid journals (available in 4 colours).
If you need inspiration for journaling, Pinterest is your go-to place.
The amazing benefits of journaling.
The moment you have been waiting for – why is journaling good for your wellbeing?
No. 1. It builds our self-esteem and self-confidence.
The truth is: self-esteem is a perception, not reality. How we see ourselves is all in our heads. You may have a negative view of yourself, while people around you think highly of you. To build your self-esteem, you have to alter your mindset. Journaling daily can help you with that. Honour your strengths, abilities, and accomplishments, recognise your self-worth and how you have impacted other people in a positive way. My guided self-esteem journal can be purchased here.
No. 2. It reduces stress.
Most of us experience stress due to work, school, or other areas of our everyday lives. Journaling is like a meditation. It relaxes you because it shifts your focus. Check out my anxiety journal for women and for teens.
No. 3. Self-discovery.
We learn constantly. Every day we find a new piece of a puzzle. It helps us to re-evaluate our fears, dreams, needs, values, etc. Writing down your thoughts every day can help you discover something about yourself that you never thought of before.
No. 4. It improves your physical health.
As journaling has a positive impact on your mind, it impacts your physical health too. Some of the physical health benefits include lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system.
No. 5. It improves your writing and communication skills.
See, the benefits aren’t only mental and physical. Journaling improves different skills that are useful in every workplace and life in general.
No. 6. It improves your mood.
No. 7. It is a way to help you process your emotions.
Negative emotions become easier to manage and are less overwhelming.
No 8. It can help you to determine what your next steps should be.
For example, journaling for anxiety helps you recognise your triggers, symptoms, sleep patterns, and more. It helps you to understand that you have an issue that needs to be addressed and encourages you to think about what to do next e.g. seeking help or finding a method to cope with it.
No. 9. It can be used to record your ideas. You know how the best ideas come when we least expect them. On the top of the hill, swimming in the sea, or at a coffee shop? And when we don’t write them down, we forget them. Don’t risk it. Take a journal with you anywhere you go to take a note of every awesome idea your mind comes up with.
No. 10. Self-reflection. Journaling encourages us to stop, look at ourselves and think about how we have changed over the years, what happened today (positive and negative), and what do we need to change?
My final thoughts.
Journaling should be an integral part of your day to find and maintain your inner peace, feel happy and achieve professional success. There is no set recipe for journaling. It can be writing down your thoughts, drawing, expressing gratitude, creating to-do lists, etc. You are the only one who knows what works for you and what your needs are. Go for it!