Other than being one of the cheapest therapists you’ll find around- journaling is a wonderfully versatile way to help heal past traumas, and reconnect with yourself!
Don’t just take my word for it…
There’s studies galore just a search bar away backing up all the awesome stuff I’m about to tell you journaling can do!
(But I’ve also included some for you throughout the post)
What I love most about journaling though, is that it can be used for whatever you need right there in that moment-
Blow off steam, full on self-discovery, quick gratitude fix…
And can be used to look back on, and help remind you in times you feel lost what matters to you.
They’re powerful things- in fact a lot of therapists will encourage them as part of your sessions. When used healthily, they can be pretty transformative!
Whilst there is no right or wrong way to journaling- the key to getting the most out of them, is by spicing up your sessions with variety. Too much self-hating brain dumping for instance, page after page without exploring why we’re feeling these things- doesn’t help do anything but fuel the crap thoughts you’re thinking about yourself.
And doesn’t really give back much of an insightful read either…
Guided journals are a great way to kickstart your journaling if you’re a bit rusty or a total newbie. Do enough, and you’ll eventually begin to know which questions to be asking yourself at the times you need them without the need for a guide-
Which leads to a much more tailored and specific free-style journal process for you!
But until you get there, guides are a great way to start asking yourself the important questions.
The other thing I love about journaling, is that there’s no real right or wrong way to do it either-
Go old school with a pen and paper, an app, blog it, type it up and save it on a flash drive, convey your thoughts and emotions through page collages- whatever helps you fuel your journey…
So when we start journaling in ways that make us really connect with ourselves, to dig deep, feel good, and inspire an authentic honesty and kindness within us-
Stress Levels get Lowered.
Learning how to process your thoughts and emotions in a more constructive manner, it helps relieve the negative effects of stress experienced from acting and living with unclear, or unhealthy intentions.
When we suffer with chronic stress in our lives we begin to experience things like:
Insomnia, memory problems, anxiety and depression, headaches, muscle cramps…
Often, arising from some sort of trouble, or imbalance in our life.
Studies show that regular journaling can help us navigate these issues in a much more coherent, calm, and healthy way…
Writing about your week or day, even for just a sentence or two can help memory recall! Which is excellent training for keeping your mind in shape as you age.
Documenting, and working through the negative and stressful situations through your journal can reduce intrusive thoughts in your every day-
That is to say, the energy your brain would have spent continuing to worry and stress over the situation, can now; since you’ve taken that load off it by journaling, be used on more productive things- like forming memories…
If you’re someone who tends to find themselves lying awake at night, tossing and turning with worrying thoughts- journaling could help you!
Clearing our minds before we hit the hay can help gain a better quality of sleep!
A study into some students who were suffering with sleep issues due to excessive worrying thoughts at night found that journaling- even for just 15 minutes a night, improved their quality of sleep!
Not only that, but it reduced the amount of worrying thoughts they had throughout their day too!
The more you journal in healthy ways that get you to explore different aspects of yourself, the more in-tune you become with yourself-
Where you can recognise patterns; triggers for behaviours, what makes you feel good, what you want, and who you are.
It helps us to accept, let go, or make inspired choices to change, and can support us through them. When we journal consistently, we show up for ourselves, have our own backs, and support ourselves-
Which can be a huge boost to the self-confidence department!
Helps Immune Functions.
I was like wtf at first too. But it makes sense!
If we’re lowering our stress levels, processing negative situations in a calmer, healthier way, and feeling more comfortable in ourselves, the energy our body once poured so much into fuelling our worrisome thoughts, can now be better spent elsewhere…
Like keeping us healthy!
(Take a look at this study to find out more!)
All that’s fine and all- but what if you’re just staring at a blank page anytime you try?
Let me tell you, I hated journaling. I struggled with it so much to the point I found it boring, and a total chore- as well as being something that validated my feelings of uselessness…
What got me from that, to journaling every day was journal prompts!
(The guided journaling I mentioned before)
They inspired me to dig deeper, to think about things I wouldn’t have otherwise, and gave me a reason to pick up the pen… And over time, I began to know what questions to ask myself at the time I needed them- inside, and out of the journal sessions!
If you’re interested in starting your own journal journey, I’ve put together a free, 30-day journal series called One…
Where we learn through guided journal prompts, themed days, meditations, and breath-work, how to cultivate a deeper mindfulness and awareness for ourselves as we move throughout our day.