A journal is a tool to cleanse your mind and provided needed clarity in the hectic world that surrounds us. Why should YOU journal???
1. To work through issues
Sometimes by just writing your challenges and being able to look at them through the lens of a bystander can give you the clarity and distance needed to see the issue through another standpoint. You can also write and brainstorm possible solutions to deal with these circumstances and by doing so you put yourself in a solution based state which triggers your brain to come up with answers to your problems. It's very difficult to keep it all straight in your head especially when you consider all of the emotional triggers that are going off in your body at the same time. Write it out and get some perspective. The very practice of writing out your problems can be cathartic and getting it out of your head and onto paper can be a good coping mechanism.
2. Build Self-Awareness
Writing allows you to gain perspective and more self-awareness over what is going on in your life. As your write about your experiences, wants, dreams, etc you become self reflective as to your actions and intentions, your habits good and bad and ways that you can improve and remove yourself from old unsupportive patterns of behavior. Self reflection and awareness are key pillars to creating a fulfilled life. Ideally you should make time at least once a week to review the prior week and measure yourself and to plan your following week.
3. Promotes Mindfulness
The act of journaling itself helps the author to remain present by focusing on the task of writing. Asa the writing process requires your complete attention you are therefore evoking a mindfulness practice.
4. Brain Dump
One of my favorite ways to use journaling is the brain dump. There is so much going on in my brain, so many ideas, to-do's, deadlines, etc that it can become overwhelming (and make you slightly crazy?) . That is why in my journal I create categories (purpose, career or business, finance, relationships, health & well-being, etc) and I dump everything I am thinking about per category onto the paper. I continue to add to this dump anytime a nagging thought comes to mind. This way I won't forget anything which allows my brain to stop dwelling on it so I can move on as I know that I have it available and will not lose it. It also allows me to organize my thoughts by putting them into categories and from there I can further examine them, (can I delegate, automate, delete?) prioritize them and track my progress all while releasing the stress of juggling them in my mind.
There are so many more science backed ways that prove that journaling is good for your overall health and well-being that it is just too much to list. But don't take it from me, if you want to know another hundred (I'm not kidding ?) real reasons (Like stress relief, memory enhancement, immunity boost, increased IQ, overall better health, etc) why you should journal check out these articles:
Here are some more prompts, ideas and inspiration for journaling from the best of the best (The people making millions and top performers in their respective industries):and how it helped them become the successful people they are today.
I have created a list of 55 journal prompts that you can download, print and use to get you started in gaining the benefits from writing and journaling.
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Take control of your mind and take control of your life. Journaling is one of the best tools that you can use to sharpen your thinking, become self aware and design a life that you love.
Design YOUR Life. Be Authentic. Be You. Be Sharp!