Expressing your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life in a journal or diary may sound silly to some people. Nevertheless, writing about personal experiences daily and releasing those emotions can be difficult as well as therapeutic for healing. After all, journaling has benefits that help sort through muddled thoughts for solutions and inspiration for the mental clarity you previously lacked to improvements in health.
Imagine how much simpler life would be if you knew the right direction to take. Journaling can serve to keep track of your ideas and daily goals. You can always write lists, take notes of what you need to do to information you need before your mind gets cluttered with other thoughts. It can eliminate that confusion and uncertainty that often can creep up to return you to past failures instead on concentrating on the present.
This process also helps to maintain your focus as a framework that you also can expand on as more thoughts that fuel inspiration come along. Used for sparking creativity, journaling can give you that confidence after noticing your progress or the strides you’re making toward completion. Furthermore, it also provides excellent practice for sharpening your writing and grammar skills that we often take for granted.
Journaling also has benefits for your mental state. You may be depressed, angry, worried at a friend, family member, lover, someone from your past or just grateful for what one of them might have done for you. However, you may find it hard to tell them and share those strong feelings with them in person. Therefore, journaling gives you that important element of privacy to share those feelings with them in a letter that you don’t even have to mail. The crucial thing is the emotional release from writing those feelings down that will enable you to move on.
Another advantage of journaling is how writing about memorable events of your day give you more opportunity to see how you reacted in another light. It can help you uncover things in your life that needs to be tackled. Sometimes, we don’t see our faults unless we view them through another’s eyes. Writing about those experiences and the feelings they evoked to how others reacted can play out in our minds like a movie to see our mistakes from another angle. Journaling can help us toward personal growth.
According to some interesting research published originally in JAMA April 14 1999, writing about stressful experiences can help improve symptoms for those asthma and rheumatoid arthritis in a randomized trial. After all, unlocking stressful emotions can boost the immune system.
If you haven’t tried the benefits of journaling, this might be the time to try it.