10 Reasons Why You Should Start Journaling

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Journaling

It's good to sit down and take a minute to reflect on how things are going.
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Upon graduating from high school and receiving journals as graduation gifts, I wondered, "Geez, what the heck am I going to do with all of these journals? I don't even write or keep a diary or anything." I felt like every other year I was getting journals as birthday gifts and I never really did anything with them and now I just received five more journals that are just going to take up space and collect dust.

About a month later, I decided that I would give journaling a shot. I journaled throughout my whole summer. I became very fond of it and I found it very soothing. I journaled about all my trips, all my ups and downs, and different events I attended throughout the summer. When I went to Grove City College to staff at a leadership camp, I found out that a large majority of the staff also loved to journal. We all agreed that journaling is beneficial and if you disagree or hate to write, here are 10 reasons why you should start journaling:

1. It Relieves Stress

Whether you believe it or not, journaling and writing is so beneficial to relieving the stress in your life. Writing about your day and how you're feeling is a good way to take your mind away from things that are going on in your life. It allows you to free your mind of everything that is stressing you out by getting your thoughts down on paper.

2. You Learn More About Yourself


When you start to journal more and more, you begin to learn more about yourself. With each day you write, you're growing and learning as a person. Eventually you begin to see the changes in yourself and you're able look back and see how you overcame different situations and see how far you have come.

3. It Captures Memories

Each time you journal about your day, you're capturing the moments of that day and turning them into memories. Memories that you are able to go back to and read and reminisce upon. You may not want to go back and read them after a week or even a month because of how recent the entries were, but to go back after a year and to see what you were doing on a specific day is pretty cool.

4. You Become A Better Writer

In case you feel like you could never journal because you're a bad writer, then you are wrong! I was awful at writing all throughout high school and I struggled to put my thoughts down on paper. After journaling and writing almost everyday the past few months, I have become a much better writer. Becoming a better writer requires a lot of practice and why not start by writing about something easy and something you enjoy writing about. Whether it's about how your day went, something funny that happened or even about that cute boy or girl in your history class, you have to start somewhere.

5. Helps To Achieve Goals

While you're journaling, you don't have to write word for word what your goals are, but talk about them and things you plan to achieve. Scientists have proven that those who write out their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who do not write them down. Once you have an idea and see your goals on paper, it allows you to establish a game plan and a way to attack your goals, and ultimately accomplish them.

6. Eases Your Anxiety

We all feel overwhelmed and anxious at times from everything like the future and what lies ahead to what we're going to eat for breakfast tomorrow. Journaling allows you to write out these worries and fears and put them to ease. It becomes a way to get rid of these thoughts and put them straight on paper instead of allowing them to fester in your mind and cause you to have anxiety.

7. It's A Private Place For All Of Your Thoughts

When you journal, it's for your eyes only. It's a safe haven for you, your mind, and your deepest, most personal thoughts. You can write things in your journal and never have to worry about judgement or how others will look at you. No one else will ever have to read your journal unless you allow them to. So feel free to write whatever is on your heart, good or bad, happy or sad.

8. Problem Solving Becomes Easier

Imagine one day you're in a predicament and you can't figure out what you should do. So you start to write in your journal and as you write, your mind starts working. The gears start to turn. Writing out problems allows you to work through them as you see the words form sentences on the paper. As you write and your mind starts working, you begin to think through the problem and figure out solutions much easier.

9. A Place Where You Can Release Your Emotions

Whether you're happy, angry, sad, excited or apathetic, a journal is a place where you can release these emotions. Journaling how you feel is a healthy and safe way to release your emotions. It prevents you from hurting (physically or verbally) another person. You can yell in your journal and no one but you would know that you were yelling. It can ease your frustrations and calm your nerves.

10. You Can Keep A Record Of All Of Your Ideas

Within a journal, you can keep a record of every idea you have. Whether it be an idea for a poem, song lyrics or a future business proposal, you can jot them down in your journal. You'll never have to worry about forgetting them or having someone steal your idea to use some day.


Journaling and writing have been proven to be extremely beneficial to your health, especially your mental health. Journaling is relaxing and therapeutic. It is a way to reflect on how your day is going and after a while, it becomes a reflection of your life. There are so many different ways to journal. If you don't really like to write using pen and paper, there are plenty of apps that you can download. If you're not very tech savvy with your phone or don't have a smart phone, there are plenty of websites where you can type out your journal entries on the computer. You don't have to journal every day, it's easy to forget. But after a while, it will become a habit and you'll want to write almost everyday. Some days aren't as eventful as others and that's okay too. Although journaling isn't for everyone, I would recommend giving it a shot. It has really made a difference in my life. So sit down, grab some paper and a pen and start writing. Reflect on your day. You never know how beneficial journaling may become for you.


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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

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It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.




These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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Regardless Of The Trials In Your Life Right Now, Always Keep Smiling

A simple smile can release all your negative psychological emotions and transform them into positive emotions.

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"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight" should always resonate in your hearts and minds whenever you are going through a rough patch. A simple smile can release all your negative psychological emotions and transform them into positive emotions. I strongly believe that when you smile, most of your stress neurons disappear leaving you more subdued towards the positive prospects of life. Life is short and I sincerely urge everyone to spend more time smiling and enjoying the precious moments with loved ones. You never know how much your smile can mean to others around you.

I'm blessed to be able to experience this immaculate feeling whenever I'm volunteering at my local hospital. Whenever I walk in to interact and check in with patients, I always enter with a bright smile on my face in the hopes of cheering them up. Most of the patients who I'm able to see are the elderly who are suffering from various debilitating diseases or are on their road to recovery. It is truly a special and remarkable feeling to observe the glow on their faces when I speak to them with a huge smile on my face. Their smile in response to mine brightens up my day in a mind-blowing way!

Furthermore, your smile is precious and priceless. There shouldn't be any price or strings attached to it. Smiling has been proven to be a universal form of communication globally because it views everyone as equals without any type of discrimination. In other words, a smile brings two nations together just like love brings two hearts together. The intensity of your smile will bewilder people around you and make them want to smile too.

Another reason everyone should always encourage others to smile is that it can release any type of internalized tension that they are trying to lock inside their hearts. Any type of stress, anxiety, or emotional conflicts should not be suppressed inside you. In fact, you should strive to conquer your failures, hardships, and emotional turmoil with a breathtakingly expressive smile! Keep in mind, smiling can be viewed as a coping mechanism as well as a therapeutic route to recovery.

No matter how many difficulties you have, never let it get to you and always keep on smiling!

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