Carrying on with our A-Z of Wellbeing, we are focusing on Journaling and why it’s an important habit to develop. Journaling is a habit that’s been around for centuries. Men and women have been chronicling their stories to preserve history, express themselves, and leave an account of their lives. Besides self-expression, keeping a journal has many other benefits, let’s take a look at this life hack.
Journaling reduces stress and anxieties
Keeping your journal can help you get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. This can help you rid your mind of whatever is upsetting or bothering you. It helps to give yourself an emotional release on paper writing down things you may not be willing or able to say out loud. This can be a private exercise, where you keep your writing all to yourself. There are some lovely diaries on the marker that you can lock.
Recording to help track progress
We know that goals don’t mean much without supporting habits. Journaling is a great way to track your habits and progress towards your goals. It can help you make important decisions if something needs to change in order to reach your goals.
Writing sparks inspiration
Regular journaling can spark bouts of creativity and inspiration. From storytelling, poetry, to songwriting, there are plenty of ways to use this exercise to boost creativity. Creating a micro habit to explore whatever inspires you can help you improve your mental health, reduce stress, and stay creative.
Journaling has therapeutic benefits
Journaling is a great way to sort through difficult feelings or seasons of life. Having a safe place to record thoughts and ideas is a wonderful way to get them out on paper and out of your head. Like a trusted friend who is a great listener, journals are wonderful for just getting all of your emotions out of your system into one place.
Self-reflective writing is a great micro habit that can help you regulate your mood, get through difficult times, and be creative. Journaling doesn’t have to take a lot of time and it can be done anytime/anywhere. Journals can also be electronic, longhand, or pictorial. There’s no right or wrong way to create a journaling micro habit, do what works best for you!
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