Why should we take the time to write in a daily journal? I will show you some of the ways people are benefiting every day by doing this very thing.
17 benefits gained by writing a journal will solve the problems you face because you lack the skills you need to increase your confidence and self-esteem.
For whatever reason you may have, you are just not quite brave enough to start your own blog or website right now.
This is fine but I highly recommend you listen to me and decide to start keeping a daily journal which will improve your life.
Below I will share with you several points followed by the benefits that you will gain when you keep a journal.
This will be a wonderful guide you can look back on whenever you are uncertain.
Why keep a journal and what will it do to help?
Hopefully, everyone is familiar with what a journal is for and why we are gonna find them helpful. There are actually many different types of journals we could keep that will help to improve our lives.
The one I want to focus on here is a daily journal that will go over your thoughts, emotions, and experiences which happen throughout each day.
Notice that it involves how we feel about what happens and then why we think it’s either important or destructive. This is a wonderful way to track progress, write down ideas, increase creativity, and to help us see things from another person’s point of view.
When we have one ideal place to just let things out and explore, this can help us understand whether we are being positive about our experiences or feeling negative and cause us to suffer.
This is something I wish I had done much sooner because it would have sped things up for later, once I had the desire to start seeing where I was hurting myself the most.
Priorities are pretty easy to see when you have been consistently keeping track of your thoughts whenever anything good or bad happens or even when anything confusing and conflicting goes on.
Good vs Bad journaling effects:
- Allows us to step back and evaluate our thoughts emotions and behaviors.
- Explore solutions
- Show us how our emotions and motivations work with our values.
- Help us to remove negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones which allow us to grow.
- Changes how we respond or react to what other people say and do.
- Helps us gain a reasonable perspective about ourselves and others
- Helps us to feel more like we belong to people instead of avoiding them.
- Helps to figure out an action plan for making the necessary improvements in your life.
- Could keep us involved inside our heads too much.
- Cause us to observe instead of participating.
- Create thoughts about superiority over others
- Could make you more aware of blaming others instead of finding actual solutions to problems.
- Could end up thinking too much about the negative experience rather than the positive ones that are gonna help.
Who will journaling help and when will it be important?
By now I am sure you have noticed what this site is called, and hopefully, you realize that it will help everyone no matter what kind of life they are living.
From the most troubled people to those who actually believe they are doing just fine.
There is a lot to be gained for everyone who starts doing this because there are mental, physical and emotional reasons which will be pointed out in a few.
When we start to write a journal it can be about past experiences which helped shape our beliefs or about present things that are currently going on.
Future things will be left out for now because that involves gaining skills and we will want to have a special tracking system just for those types of things.
Naturally, this means that it will always be important to have around specific notes because sometimes a quick reminder is all we need to snap out of a negative feeling or to realize a mistake was an actual blessing in disguise.
What kind of things should we write in a journal?
I touched on this briefly but besides the emotions, thoughts, and experiences we will want to fully explore and try to go into some depth in our lives.
Keeping our priorities in mind it will be up to you to understand what the top few points that are most important to you. I know which ones I write about and those are shared on my blog.
A personal type of journal that is useful and isn’t a blog is what I first try to keep up with. Then from my free thinking about things going on, I formulate ideas about where to try new things out.
Once the idea has made enough sense to me I look to see what all I can learn and figure out. Then I decide if It should become a blog or not.
First things first, the idea here is to start to get comfortable writing about yourself and trying to pinpoint any places that irrational or negative thinking comes up.
Exploring those issues first will start to indicate just how often you are bashing yourself and then will guide you away from that by replacing those thoughts with positive thoughts.
How do we start to keep a journal and how often to write in it?
When you start out there are several great times to write. Right after you wake up you can explore your dreams if you happen to remember anything about them.
Also known as a dream journal that will keep you informed about your subconscious. That is more of an advanced type of journal but still, it will have some value while you are getting used to things.
You can write or keep track with little notes throughout the day, this way you won’t necessarily have to struggle to remember things that actually happened.
This is also helpful in tracking your mood throughout the day. How many times did you get upset or angry and then why you think it happened.
Those kinds of things will give you some insight into possible triggers which affect your thoughts.
As far as how long you should set aside, probably 15-20 mins will be the most effective at the beginning but don’t force yourself to sit there and try to stick to that time frame.
Some days you may want to write more or less depending on what you actually experience throughout the day. The worst thing to do is to try and make stuff up just to keep writing.
For that kind of writing, you can create another separate journal and get as inventive as you want.
Benefits of keeping and writing in a journal
The main point is to have a special place just for yourself which will help to understand any mental health issues. We all need a place that allows us to express ourselves and if you have any trouble doing it elsewhere, the journal will be essential for you to have.
Benefits that come from a journal specifically for mental health are:
- Clears your mind – This way you don’t keep thinking the same thought over and over.
- Inspires you to imagine – What would you do differently and how can you learn from this?
- Helps put you into a meditative state – Explore the thoughts that are always coming to you. And why you think they do?
- Self-esteem – Track your progress, what did you learn and how excited did it make you feel to learn that?
- Process fear and anxiety – What happened? Taking the time to understand yourself relieves anxiety when you can figure out your triggers. This will help you ask the right questions and search for the right solutions.
- Comfort vs discomfort – Explore where you feel the most and least. Figure out why and practice overcoming it. For some of us, there are no comfortable places, our first focus will be to find where we can go to that will be the least discomfortable. Know what these are and how you can find more of them so you will be able to overcome all the others as you go. When you gain traction anywhere be proud of yourself and acknowledge doing it and how it feels to ignore those nervous thoughts.
Benefits that are practical
- Lessons learned – You had this experience and didn’t like it. Why? You did this and liked it. Why?
- Your accomplishments – What are you proud of doing well, or what didn’t you think was gonna work out?
- Awesome moments – Surprises that made your jaw drop, gifts received for no reason, and gifts given that made somebody’s day.
- Build better habits – Today I wanted to try this and loved it or hated it. Why? What bad habit could I replace with a good habit?
- Awareness of actions and behaviors – What goes on around you that you didn’t notice before. New smells, new tastes, new songs or sounds, who caught your eye, little things that you didn’t think about that improved your perception of the world around you.
- Tracking your mood – Any things that overwhelmed you or let you down, how you reacted and why?
- Triggers for positive or negative thoughts or feelings – Learn as much about yourself and what you consider beautiful thoughts vs hurtful thoughts. Work on replacing the bad with the good.
- What could be eliminated – What do you do that isn’t useful for improving your life. Any obsessions, any concerns, any worries that just cause stress?
Benefits from improved writing abilities
- Memory improvement – Learn what is most important and what you actually remember easily or not.
- Brainstorming – What ideas can you come up with or what could you improve because of something happening?
- Organization – How organized are your thoughts, how easy is it to think of something and recall the experience, how can you word your thoughts to best communicate with yourself and others?
Be creative and figure out great ways to journal on your own
These are some of the best ways to get started with a daily journal that will help you explore and understand yourself better than ever.
The reality is that we can make a specific journal for anything we want to focus on and keep track of. Later once you get the feel of writing down you will be able to plot and plan all the relevant skills you will be working to gain.
I hope you have found this useful because it’s one of the best activities that you will find to help gain a full understanding of yourself.
17 benefits gained by writing a journal will help us to become a far more positive version of ourselves going forward in life.