Our diaries stopped being dear to us long ago; we left them back in secondary school with our P.E kits and Science books. In short, journalling isn’t something that many adults take the time to do. While this may be the case, it’s not a good one: keeping a diary does offer many benefits, no matter how old you are.
The Key Perks
There’s several reasons why journalling in a diary is helpful to your emotional health (and, your physical health too – writing burns calories!). Some of the more obvious advantages include:
Journalling evokes mindfulness: Keeping a log of your thoughts and feeling brings you into a state of mindfulness, a state where past frustrations and hurt become less acute. People who are mindful are happier in their lives: they take in each moment knowing that it’ll never exist again.
Journalling helps emotional intelligence: Emotional intelligence isn’t about getting an A in class or scoring high on an exam – it’s a type of intelligence academia doesn’t measure. It’s the ability to control your temper, ask others about themselves, practice self-awareness and empathy, and express yourself in a mature manner.
Journalling aids memory: We probably all have memories we don’t want lurking around, but, overall, a solid memory is a good thing. Journalling strengthens memory by helping you to engage your cognitive recall – rereading passages lets you relive moments over and over again.
Journalling amps up communication skills: Communication is the foundation of any relationship. Journalling improves this communication because writing and speaking are interconnected: doing one hones the other.
Journalling is conducive to healing: For anyone who’s experienced emotional, physical, or other types of trauma, journalling can be beneficial. When we write about suffering, it helps release the stored emotions so they become more manageable and helps us to feel more in control over that experience.
The Types of Journals
Journals don’t have to have “types” – you can start an all-inclusive journal that covers a myriad of thoughts and feelings. But, if you’re looking to better organise your emotions, consider starting a journal that focuses on the specifics. Some of the types worth writing in include:
A daily journal – This type of journal allows you to express your feelings about the day. You can talk about the good, the bad, and everything in between.
A gratitude journal – This type of journal allows you to write down everything you’re thankful for. It shows you all the wonderful things you have going in your life.
A goal setting journal – This type of journal is especially beneficial if you have certain expectations for yourself – you want to get fit or get a promotion at work. Writing down your goals makes you more likely to stick with them. So, what are you waiting for – go and get a pen.
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