The Secret Of A Journal
Most of us practiced journaling as children, without even being aware of its countless benefits.
We kept our secret diaries under the pillow, confiding our biggest secrets and deepest emotions in it.
The habit of keeping a diary was a safe way to express ourselves without the fear of being judged.
A great way to deal with the overwhelming emotions of growing up.
Many people abandon journaling once they reach adulthood.
However, the benefits of writing down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without censoring them are undeniable.
Expressing yourself through writing can help helps understand your thoughts and feelings more clearly, validate experiences, and come to a reflective understanding of yourself.
Scientific research shows that the act of writing helps remove mental barriers and allows for inner connection.
Writing activates and occupies the rational and analytical left brain.
At the same time, the intuitive and creative right brain is free to explore and create, enabling us to better understand ourselves and the world around us.
- Reduces Stress and Helps Manage Anxiety and Depression
The scientific evidence supports that journaling improves mental health and provides other benefits.
For example, people struggling with stress, anxiety, and depression may find keeping a journal very helpful in gaining control of their feelings and thoughts.
Writing about painful emotions such as fear, sadness, or anger can help release their intensity, increase mindfulness, and help you feel relaxed.
Additionally, writing down your thoughts and feelings can help track down your behavioral patterns.
This allows you to recognize your triggers and learn tactics to manage them for a positive outcome in life as opposed a negative one.
Also, journaling enables you to identify negative thoughts and unproductive behaviors and provides an opportunity to change them.
- Increases Confidence
Journaling allows you to find creative solutions to both your interpersonal and inner conflicts, and make constructive plans.
Journaling opens your mind to many more solutions to any concerns or challenges.
The confidence of knowing you can make your dreams come true, once energy and strategy flow well together to help boost your self-esteem and feel more self-assured.
- Helps Clarify Feelings and Thoughts
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help get in touch with your subconscious mind and increase the awareness of your inner world.
- Helps Resolve Problems and Conflicts more Successfully
Journaling helps prioritize your problems or concerns and find creative solutions.
Naturally, we tend to solve problems using our rational mind.
However, as journaling engages our creative brain, it unlocks intuition and allows for creative and unexpected solutions.
In addition, writing about your interpersonal conflicts may increase empathy and help better understand other people’s standpoint.
Journaling helps restore the sense of balance by reflecting on your feelings and thoughts.
It can also help cope with certain mental health issues and improve your overall well-being.
Finally, writing down your thoughts and emotions can increase your mood, unlock your intuition, help find better solutions to your problems, and make positive plans for future.
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