Journaling can help you recognize and notice any feelings that you are experiencing.
Most of us go through our days, not taking a moment to pause and reflect on what we’re doing or what’s going around us.
Sometimes, even our own thoughts can fade into the noise of the world. This is why taking the time to cultivate mindful habits on a regular basis is crucial for our mental clarity.
Journaling reminds you to pause. Also, it helps you to respond to different situations in a more mindful and functional way.
What Does a Journal Look Like?
Journaling generally involves keeping a log of thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life – typically in a notebook or collection of papers.
You could buy a notepad, which is mainly for the purpose of journaling. It is easier for you to journal with it, especially when you’re a beginner.
Or you could buy a basic notepad, where you can design the look yourself.
Colored pens, stickers and photos of fond memories can all be used to make your journal feel like a safe space to share your thoughts. There are no rules to how your journal should look!
Also, you can write your thoughts on an electronic device, however I don’t recommend it. It is not as effective as paper diary.
What Are the Benefits of Journaling?
Pause from everyday life
As I have mentioned above, journaling can help you to recognize and notice any feelings that you are experiencing. It reminds you to pause from everyday busy life.
Understanding your thoughts and feelings
Journaling is simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. And if you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. It can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.
Boost your self-esteem
It can also boost your self-esteem. Affirmations, quotes and positive self-talk in your journal can be a helpful way of reminding yourself that you’re doing your best.
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A journal can act as a time capsule you can look back on in months or years to come. Additionally writing in it regularly may improve your memory.
Reduce screen time
Having a paper journal can reduce screen time, too. And give your eyes and brain a break from the info you’ve overloaded with every day.
Should I Share My Journal?
You might want to keep your journal private, as it’s always important to feel like you have a safe place to express yourself.
However, when you have big worries that feel difficult to manage on your own, it might be a good time to share these with someone you trust who can help.
On the other hand, you might feel really proud of your writing or drawings, in which case you might want to share your journal with those around you! The great thing about journals is that they are special and unique to you.
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