Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Benefits of Journaling

A lot of my writing time is spent writing for other people.  I write articles for clients and blog to share and open discussion.  But sometimes, it's important to write for myself.  Journaling can be a positive way to reflect on your daily life and understand patterns in your behavior. It is simple to begin keeping a journal. All you need is a notebook, a pen or pencil, and your open mind. You can journal on your computer if you prefer. Journaling can have a positive impact on many aspects of your life.

Learning about Yourself

Writing in a journal can help you clarify who you are and what you want out of life. You can better understand your goals or plant seeds for future projects. A journal is a great place to explore spiritual concerns or discuss aspects of yourself you may not feel comfortable talking to other people about. You may find out what is most important in your life and how you can pursue it by writing about who you are.

Focusing on Positives

Many people begin by keeping gratitude journals. Reflect on the good things that happened to you in the course of a day of the things that you are grateful for in your life. By focusing on the positive experiences and people around you, you will begin to realize how much there is to feel good about and there will be less room in your life for negative emotions.

Stress Reduction

If you had a tense day at the office or a fight with a loved one, writing it all out is a way to release your feelings and move forward. Leave the frustration, anger, and stress on the paper and you can return to your life. You can untangle any complicated issues that are troubling you and clarify what is going on.

Problem Solving

As you write about your problems in order to reduce stress, you may find yourself discovering creative answers. Working through problems on paper can be an effective way to find solutions. If you are frustrated about something going on at work or home, write down what the problem is and possible solutions that you can take. By writing down the details, you may notice something that you hadn't previously considered.

Learn to Communicate

With the Internet as a staple in our daily lives, many of us communicate via the written word on a regular basis. By writing in a journal every day, you are practicing the art of expressing your thoughts with words. You may find yourself writing better emails or other written messages because of the practice you have gotten.

Consider what your goals are before you begin your journal and you can use it to its best effect. These and other positive benefits will quickly appear when journaling becomes a daily ritual. Even just setting aside ten minutes a day to write will allow you to reap the rewards. Plus, it is a fun an engaging way to use your time. Consider journaling as a meditative addition to your daily life.

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