Updated: May 6
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I'm not a mental health professional. I only speak from my own opinion and experiences.
When it comes to personal growth and improving yourself, writing a journal can be one of the best things you can do (besides actually doing it). Journaling isn't just for thirteen-year-old girls gushing over their crush at school (although, I did this a lot back in those days).
I've been journaling on and off for as long as I can remember. I've actually found that when I'm not journaling on a daily basis, I'm stressed out more often and feeling almost lost in all of my thoughts.
Journaling is a healthy habit that helps you vent, reflect, and more. In this post, I'm going to give you a few reasons why you should be journalling and at the very end, I'm going to hook you up with a FREE Printable full of Journal Prompts to get your Journaling Journey started!
1. Self Discovery
If you have a damaged self-image or have lost your sense of self, journaling is the best way to help you rediscover yourself! You'd be surprised at what you forgot you loved and had aspirations for. You can learn more about Self Discovery here.
2. Organize Your Thoughts
The average person thinks approximately 70, 000 thoughts per day. That's way too many to be able to track, but think of how many times you think "I should write this down" and then forget it completely. Alternatively, you could have sticky notes with 'To-Do's' and reminders. But, that seems a bit overwhelming, doesn't it?
Writing down all those things in a journal helps you to organize those thoughts and keep them for later when you can actually put them into action.
3. Solving Your Problem
Writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal and recording events that trigger emotions is not only cathartic, but it also helps you piece together the whole situation.
Even if it isn't an emotional problem, writing it down can help you come to a solution.
4. Recording and Reflecting on the Day
When you sit down and the end of a long day and record the things that happened, what your ideas are for the next day, etc. While you're writing all of this down, it gives you a chance to process it all and reflect on everything.
When you reflect, you learn. When you learn, you grow.
It's time to start journaling. Get yourself a journal, one that makes you want to write in it. You'll know when you see it, something will connect with you. Whether it's the design, clever saying on the cover or the stationary, it will spark something in you.
Here are some of my favorites:
Now that you've got so many reasons to journal, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't! Just to help you get started, here's a FREE Printable full of journal prompts just for you! You won't regret it, just stick with writing every day.
To get it, head over to my homepage and leave your email. You'll get access to the Journal Prompts and other great Printables!!
Do you journal? Are you just starting? Leave a comment below! I want to hear all about your progress, as well!
Don't be shy, even if you have questions or even a recommendation for a post, just shoot me an email. I'll get back to you as soon as I can, and it's quicker than a lot of people when they say that.
Until Next Time,