Health care professionals have long praised the benefits that keeping a journal has on one’s mental health. And it can certainly be proven that journaling or recording one’s life experiences is an aid to self-development and self-awareness, since it records information about one’s innermost feelings and ideas.
In fact, much has been written about the benefits of keeping a journal, including:
More than a diary, journaling allows us to clarify our thoughts, solve problems and connect with our deepest feelings.
- Journaling helps clarify goals and dreams
- Journaling helps quiet the mind; it provides you with the ability to focus on anything you want
- Journaling provides you with “ME” time, time alone with yourself and your thoughts
- Journaling provides a private arena to say and feel whatever you wish
- Journaling provides a written account of where you’ve come from and where you’re going
- Journaling helps with stress reduction – things don’t seem to bother you as much once they are written down
- Journaling helps provide a written account of your personal history, something to look back on
- Journaling can be done any way you choose, daily, randomly, when the spirit moves you, whenever; there are no rules, no musts
- Journaling helps you speak what’s in your mind and in your heart
- Journaling is a form a self-expression
Many use the excuse, “I don’t have the time to journal!” Try it for a few minutes a day for a month. See how it makes you feel. Many people admit that they don’t know how they lived without their journals after a month’s time. It becomes a valuable resource, a pleasurable pastime, and a trusted friend to process situations and maintain our emotional balance.
Click here to watch a video on how to journal.
Editor's note: A version of this blog, written by Perfect Patients, appears on Eaton Chiropractic's website.