Well Being | Why everyone should keep a journal

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Dear Diary, today was a bad day. When everyone thinks of journaling, they recall their teenage geeky years of recording crushes and fights with their friends in their diary. But there is more to journaling than recording your daily woes.

Writing is almost a lost artform thanks to our reliance on technology. When we do rarely write, it’s more purpose driven that creative. From lists to a few words on a greeting card, there is very little thought or consideration when we do write.

Journaling, as such, is quickly dismissed by many people. Why bother writing down anything when we can do it quicker typing? Why bother writing anything at all? Scientists, however, argue that there are many positive benefits to keeping a journal.

There is a reason why we learn to write at school. Writing as part of language learning has a positive correlation with intelligence. Journaling provides you with the urge to search for new words and increase your vocabulary.

The benefits to your well being is the most well documented. Journaling brings you into a state of mindfulness as it makes your mind more focused and forces you to engage with your thoughts.

When we journal, we tend to write about our dreams and ambitious. To achieve this, we set out our goals. Writing goals signals to your brain that ‘this is important.’ It provides the psychological blueprint to undertake this, and increases the likelihood to achieving them.

A journal can be an outlet for processing emotions and increasing self-awareness. If you are having a bad day, you can journal the triggers and after effects so you can better manage that in the future.

If you struggle with self discipline, whether it’s work or health, journaling may help. Setting time aside to write is an act of discipline. Once it becomes a habit, it can have a domino effect on other habits such as eating better or exercising regularly.