Journaling, in some shape or form, I suspect is something that has been done since humans learned how to write. In simple terms, keeping a journal is a way of recording your thoughts and ideas on any subject.
Many people choose to use a journal like a diary: to record the events of the day. Others, record their memories, dreams, fears and hopes for the future, so that they have a way of reflecting on the changes they make, or wish to make, in their life.
I’ve been keeping a journal for more than 25 years. I’d experienced the ‘fallout’ from a cluster of challenging, life changing events and a colleague of mine, noticing my turmoil, confided in me that she kept a journal.
She explained that she wrote in her journal most days, more particularly, she wrote in it when she was having a bad day. It helped her work through the trials and tribulations of her life and she suggested it may be of help to me. Convinced by her, of the therapeutic power of journaling, I started doing the same.
Since then, I’ve come to appreciate that writing things down is a tremendous way of helping me to better work through life’s challenges. I’ve come to see journaling as a necessary part of my life.
My journal helps me:
- Clarify my thoughts and feelings
- To know and understand myself better
- Reduce my stress levels
- Assists me in working through my problems more effectively
- To process and resolve conflicts with others
When writing a private journal there are no rules: you don’t have to pay attention to your grammar or spelling. And, because your journal is private, you can write without censoring your thoughts.
I see my journal as a friend who doesn’t judge me. It’s like having a therapist with you 24 hours a day.
Whether you prefer to stick to the traditional pen and paper notebook or you decide that journaling software is for you, I recommend you start keeping a journal and experience the therapeutic benefits of recording and reflecting on your thoughts.