5 Reasons Why You Should Keep A Journal

5 Reasons Why You Should Keep A Journal

Because it will help you, that’s why.
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As I mentioned in my previous article, keeping a journal could be a creative New Year’s Resolution and has a lot of benefits besides. It is something that I do as often as possible and find to be personally rewarding. As if I wasn’t convincing enough the first time around, here are just a sample of the many powerful reasons why keeping a journal is beneficial to you.

1. It may make you happier

Writing about your life will help you understand what makes you feel happy and confident and what makes you feel sad and miserable. From there, you’ll know what toxic people and situations you can cut out of your life. Recognizing the wonderful parts of your day (and life in general) will also boost self-esteem.

2. It’s cathartic for emotional situations

If something happens to you that is upsetting and you just don’t want to talk about it with a real person, then write about it. James Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas, says that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them and improves your physical health, since the stress won’t be taking a toll on your body. Plus, your journal is for your eyes only, so you don’t have to worry about someone else reading something so deeply personal.

3. You can organize your thoughts

Ever felt stressed to the max and don’t know where to begin to comprehend what’s going on? Write about it. It will help you get in touch with what you want and provide a unique perspective on the situation. You may also find that you feel better about the situation afterward and know exactly how to proceed in real life.

4. It may enhance your creativity

The best way to improve your writing is to just keep writing, so journaling often will help you with your writing skills. This source cites that writing in a journal helps with: effective communication of complex ideas, memorizing essential information, brainstorming, creation and understanding of a new perspective, breaking down complex ideas, and organizing information.

5. You will remember what’s important

I cannot tell you the number of times I have read old entries in my journal and read about an experience or event I totally would have forgotten otherwise. If I hadn’t written it down, it might have slipped away and been forgotten forever. Though some situations or instances may be so hard you want to forget them, having a record of how you were then versus how you are now will really help you see your personal growth.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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To The Mommies And Daddies Who Never Got To Meet Their Baby

We remember your angels.

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I'll start by saying that I've never had this happen to me and although I can't vouch for the pain you're feeling, I will tell you that you aren't alone.

I see you, though. I see you posting your pregnancy announcement and updating your status after every appointment with a picture of your ultrasound or a video of you hearing your baby's heartbeat.

I see you posting the gender reveal with the name of your baby and all of the blue and pink outfits you bought. I see the nursery pictures you post with fresh paint on the walls and a brand new crib ready to go for your baby's arrival.

What I don't see, though, is something I instead notice. I notice that you go silent on social media. I notice that you're no longer posting the happiness of your doctor's appointments. I would never want to intrude, so I don't question it or ask. I just wait until the next post.

The next post that I see is the hardest one to read and I'm sure even harder for you to post or even talk about. I see that you post with a heavy heart that your baby has gained their wings and then the comment section floods with apologies and your phone seem like it hasn't stopped ringing since.

My heart goes out to all of those who are grieving. I know that there is nothing I can say or do to make anything ever OK again, but your baby will always be remembered. Your baby was loved and they will not be forgotten.

It's OK to not be OK. You won't be for a while and you may never truly be "OK" again and you may never be the same person you once were, but you're strong and brave. You have survived something no parent should ever have to endure and if that doesn't prove how strong you actually are, I don't know what does.

I will never have all of the right words to make everything seem right again and I cannot comprehend what you're going through but know that your strength is admirable and that you matter. It's OK to cry and be angry and feel lost.

Though October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we're aware and we remember all 12 months of each year. You matter and your baby matters. While you won't ever forget, I hope you find some sort of comfort in this.

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