How to Journal + 16 Benefits of Journaling

January 20, 2017

How to Journal + 16 Benefits of Journaling

You've probably been told before - spend some time each day or week to write down your thoughts in a journal. It's good for you. Try it! Then you ask yourself: Why? How? 

I've been there. As a big user of efficient technological devices and apps, it took me some time to put pen to paper, just to spend a few minutes with my own thoughts. However, it's surprisingly beneficial, and it's very easy.

Here's the why and how of journaling, from a converted non-journal(ist?). 

Why You Should Journal

There are a range of benefits of journaling, some proven and some not. The below convinced me that it wouldn't hurt at least, to spend some time thinking and writing on a regular basis.

  • You can improve your IQ, as writing has a positive correlation with intelligence
  • You can also improve your EQ (emotional intelligence) 
  • You might be happier and more mindful
  • It can help you achieve your goals, in addition to understanding your ambitions
  • You can strengthen your memory
  • You might become more disciplined, by introducing and exercising a new habit
  • You can become a better communicator
  • You can reduce stress and anxiety
  • It can help you sort through thoughts and feelings
  • It can help you improve emotional healing
  • You can boost self-confidence
  • You can become more creative
  • It can help you become a more effective problem solver
  • You might just get to know yourself even better
  • It can help you resolve or let go of negative feelings about others
  • It can document and help you remember accomplishments, great moments, and milestones

How to Journal

Keen to get started? Great, it's really easy. Follow the below (very) simple steps and be on your way to a better, brighter, and happier self!

1. Select your medium: Choose whether you prefer a paper journal, an app, or a simple document. We have a range of journals in the shop, with added bonus of inspirational quotes and other features.

2. Schedule a regular timeslot: Choose how often and when, and jot these down in your diary or calendar. Make sure you start small - 10 minutes each day before bedtime is a great start. Also, doing a little bit every day is better than a big chunk of time less often. You want to create a reoccurring healthy habit. 

3. Think about topic and structure: what will you write about? How you feel, what happened during your day, achievements, what you're grateful for? In what structure? Full paragraphs, or are bullets fine? Or, will you move back and forth depending on the day? Either way, make sure you're clear about how you'll use your journal, before you sit down. This avoids a feeling of overwhelm. Here's one thing just to get you started: each day, write down 3 things you are grateful for. Then, you can expand into more rich information. 

You're all ready to go. Just a final suggestion - don't be too hard on yourself. It's not about getting it right. You'll feel the benefits even if you do it infrequently, or in any other way you might consider "incorrect". There are no rights or wrongs here!





Sources: Lifehacker, Psychcentral, Huffington Post, Livescience

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