The Benefits of Keeping A Journal By Doreene Clement
Keeping a journal has many advantages and benefits. Whether you write a few lines or pages, through journaling, you can record and track a lot of information that can be easily retained for future reference. You can actually see what you were thinking because your thoughts and experiences are in a journal. When you commit to writing them down, you have put your thoughts and experiences into a solid form. Below are some examples of benefits of keeping a journal.
Reduces stress - Journaling has a proven benefit of reducing stress. Once you've journaled, you don't carry as much of what you have written about within you. It is on paper or in computer. By journaling, you give yourself a powerful form of self-expression, and through that expression you can gain clarity, release, and relief.
Setting goals and resolutions - You can actually see and better understand what you want, what is important to you, and how you feel, through journaling. Then you can create goals and resolutions to support what you are thinking and writing about.
Organizes - Journaling your goals and what you want to accomplish for day, month, year, or a lifetime, is an excellent tool to help you get those things done. You can create a personal checklist of "things to do."
Helps focus - Writing in a journal creates more personal awareness, and therefore more focus on issues that are important to you.
The routine and habit of journaling means making time for you - When you set aside time for yourself, you can feel benefit and gain from doing something specifically for yourself. It can show up in other areas of your life as you carry that time you have spent on yourself within you, and everywhere you go.
Start your journal on any day of year - Journaling is something you can start today, stop tomorrow, and pick up again next year. You can start and stop as you want. You can skip a day. It is your journal.
Journal entries record day, tracking your life - When keeping a journal, you record your experiences, dreams, ideas, desires, thoughts and more, for reflecting on now, and in future. You are telling your story to yourself.