YOUR STORY MATTERS;
Your story is important because you are important. You might not change the world in some dramatic way, but maybe you will. Or maybe the stories you record about your life will change the world for one person. Maybe the only person that record will change is you. In fact, I can just about guarantee that it will change you—and for the better.
E. M. Forster famously wrote, “How can I know what I think until I see what I say?” And honestly, that’s my number one reason for keeping a journal.
I also feel that my journal is the best representation of Me. I don’t mean that I only present myself as a perfect person in my journal, because that is both dishonest and unhelpful, but that by recording my innermost thoughts, joys, fears, etc., I create a paper version of myself that is honest, raw, authentic, and complete. Journals strip away the masks we wear in different settings, the personas we create to fit in to different groups, and leave only that which is truly Us.
Nothing makes me sadder than when people tell me they don’t think they can keep a journal. Inevitably, this is followed by some sort of excuse: “I don’t know what to write about, I don’t have time, My handwriting is too messy.” But this is your life we’re talking about! It deserves to be documented and remembered and celebrated.
MAKE KEEPING YOUR JOURNAL A PART OF YOUR “Me Time”
Make sure you take time for yourself, and keeping a journal can be a great way to clear your mind, work through problems, make and track goals, and receive instruction through the Spirit. Adding the practice of keeping a journal to your personal time can make it something special that you’ll quickly learn to love.
WRITE ABOUT WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY
Because journals are personal and private (at least while you’re alive), it can be tempting to use them as a place to vent your frustrations and sorrows.
Writing about all the details is a form of gratitude, and gratitude can be even more therapeutic than expressing your emotions. Take time to write about the things that bring you
joy every day, and I can almost guarantee that you will learn to love keeping a journal.
And if u don’t have any idea of what to write about yourself then, don’t write about yourself. Write “about the life that you want to have.”
REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY
Sometimes negative thoughts and emotions can run on a loop in our heads. This can be stressful when you’re dealing with a challenging situation — it can even make your present situation feel worse. But if you stop and put your emotions down on paper, it can help you release negative thoughts from your mind. As you write, you may even come up with a solution you hadn’t thought of before. Remember that if you are the problem, then the solution is also you. And maybe the best solution can be to write about it.
Leonardo da Vinci drew some incredible invention ideas in his journals. You can also use your journaling time to brainstorm or let your imagination run wild. The inspiration that may pop up while you’re writing or sketching might even surprise you.
IT CAN BE OF ANY TYPE
A fitness journal, to keep track of your workouts so you can stay committed to an active lifestyle. The best part of keeping this type of journal is seeing the progress you made over time.
A food journal, if you’re struggling with a healthy weigh-loss journey, documenting what you ate can offer insight into areas you may need to change.
A gratitude journal, Before going to sleep, make a list of everything you were thankful for that day, week, or month.
A sketch journal, To express your feelings, thoughts, and ideas through illustrations, doodles, or sketches.
To-do list, Instead of keeping a running tally of to-do items in your head, write them down. You can cross things off as you complete them and get a great sense of accomplishment.
No matter which type of journal you decide to keep, remember there is no right or wrong approach. It’s all up to you. The simple act of taking the time to get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit is what’s truly important.
“Expressive writing can increase working memory capacity” – Journal of experimental psychology.