Journalling? Keeping a diary? It can be a good idea to help you organise your thoughts daily. It can help you give an outlet to your thoughts and feelings like no other. Here are a few ways that it can help up when you keep a regular, daily journal.
Slowing down your thought process. If you mind if all jumbled up with thoughts and feelings and emotions that don’t make sense, journalling gives your mind the opportunity to slow down and process those emotions. Sometimes we can use this if we can’t find someone to talk to. Journalling is an effective way to help you identify what’s going on and help clarify your emotions.
When you start to clarify your thoughts when you can start to reflect and understand and know yourself better. You may start to identify thought patterns and any emotional blocks that could be hindering your. Similarly, any strengths and qualities can be identified which you can utilise in your life.
If the difficulty is an argument, then writing about the events can help you understand the other person’s point of view so you may feel better able to deal with it and maybe resolve the conflict or identify any triggers you have.
Wrting about events can give you a sense of what is around you and help you be more grateful of good things and events. Psychological researchers from the University of California at Davis, found that participants who wrote a daily journal about five things they were grateful for felt better about their lives overall, were more optimistic about the future, and reported fewer health problems than those who wrote about the daily hassles they experience and those who didn’t write a journal at all.
When you get into a routine of writing a journal you may notice patterns of behaviour which you can identify. You may not have been aware of these previously and you may notice how these are contributing to the issues you are experiencing at the present.
Your journal can be a place where you express your true self and you won’t be worried about being judged and you can feel free to express all your emotions.
Journallinghas therapeutic benefits and is cheaper than seeing a therapist! In the study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Psychology, the psychological stress levels of athletes who were asked to write about their negative experiences related to their injuries and treatments were significantly lower than that of the control group.
You can find a place to plan for your future and look at your specific goals. Your goals can be weekly challenges for small changes in your life or for more life challenging events. Be reflecting in your journal about your success or otherwise by doing the challenges, can also be insightful by looking at how you managed it, how it felt, was it really what you wanted?
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