Writing down what you think about, better known as journaling, is the best way to track your everyday life, as well as figure out what you really want or how to get there. It’s a daily exercise on working out what makes your life tick and makes you happy or upset. Things become more real when written down on paper. You can write about your motivations, struggles, things that you are apologetic about, your plans for a better life, things that you have achieved, and what you are grateful for.
In addition, it provides a written record of your dreams, your thoughts, ideas, feelings and desires, helps you untangle difficult relationships, adventures, and the things you are proud of and the things you want to remember. A journal can be unsophisticated or very complicated, either way, you will appreciate it in the future and will help you learn how to keep a self improvement journal. Below are some of the ways of using journaling in your everyday life.
1. If you struggle with depression, or stress or anxiety, then keeping a journal can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health. Everyone needs to avoid too much stress as it can be harmful to your mental, physical and emotional health. It has been shown that journaling can be used for stress management. Having a written record of your thoughts and plans reinforces your control over the things that happen in your life.
2. Journaling is like a mirror where you will be able to see problems that you are facing and those you have been able to overcome. It allows you to follow patterns, improvements, and changes over time. Being aware of the strength that you had in other circumstances helps you to move ahead with more confidence. Through journaling, you can create a meaningful connection with yourself which is as important as creating meaningful connections with family or your loved ones.
3. The best place when you want to write a journal is one that’s relaxing and peaceful. Journaling helps brings stability when your life feels like it’s going through a rough patch. It helps you get to know yourself better by unearthing your innermost fears, thoughts, and feelings. When you are journaling, it’s a moment for personal relaxation, a time when you do soul searching and relieve stress and wind down.
4. Journaling goes a long way in helping you stay accountable to your goals and monitor successes or disappointments as well as improving your ability to stick to your laid down plans. Writing a journal allows you to unearth what makes you happy, what pushes you, and how to navigate your feelings and behaviors most effectively. Developing a habit of journaling as a pre-bedtime meditation habit can help you relax and cool down emotions, as well as help you prepare easily for the next day.
5. Every day journaling enables you to work through difficult emotions such as depression and anger, reducing the intensity of these emotions and comforting yourself. It also helps you to solve difficulties through decisive thinking and right-brain reflection. Through journaling, you can realize clemency, resolve differences and cultivate understanding, love, and kindness for others, as well as yourself.
6. If you want to spice up your life, journaling can be a good recipe for that. Journaling can help to improve your mood and level of happiness and this may give you a greater sense of overall emotional well-being. Focusing on being grateful for what you have helps to lessen the power of the things not achieved yet. Writing down just how far you have come or how thankful you are for your friends and families reminds you of your blessings.
7. One of the best ways to strengthen your emotional functioning is through journaling. As you develop the habit of journaling, the long-term benefits will become apparent. This means that diarists become more in tune with their mental and physical health by connecting with inner needs and desires.
8. In your daily life, when you read and re-write your goals, they will gradually become an automatic part of you, moving into your subconscious and from there, becoming your physical reality. Journal sessions are your post-work reflection time. Be accountable to yourself, go through what you got done that day, and what needs to be done in the coming days. Write the things you learned and experienced and direct your subconscious by writing about things you want to focus on in the future.
9. Journaling can help you to have a greater sense of confidence and self-identity. In addition, it also helps in the management of personal adversity and emphasizes important patterns and growth in life. There have been studies done that show that journal writing can help a person to develop their own long term strategies for personal development. Through journaling, one can also open and engage the right brain creativity, which gives you access to your creative potential.
So, I am sure this information may help you start journaling. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and start putting what’s on your mind into your journal. This is good for you — physically, mentally, and emotionally. Simply start where you are, there is nothing to wait for. You don’t have to be the greatest or most skillful writer for you to start journaling, after all, no one else needs to see it. But what you need is to set aside a dedicated space and time for journaling.
Tammy has kept several types of journal in the past, including a research journal that helped her considerably with continuing and completing her education. She has also kept a personal self improvement journal that helped her work through some difficult times and a work journal that helped with assessment interviews.