When you begin journaling and reflecting on yourself, you may experience the following
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
- Know yourself better. By writing regularly you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
- Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
- Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
place that's relaxing and soothing. Look forward to your journaling time, and know that
you're doing something good for your mind and body. Taking time to reflect sparks
ideas, allows you to reassess your priorities, and can help you identify goals.
Tips to help you get started with journaling:
Make it easy. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times so that when you want to jot down your thoughts, you can. You can also keep a journal in a computer file.
Try to write every day. Set aside a few minutes in your schedule each day to jot down all of your thoughts for the day. Reflecting before bed is a great time to release your thoughts before resting.
Write quickly. This frees your brain from “should” and other blocks to successful journaling.
Write whatever feels right. Let the words flow freely without worrying about spelling mistakes or what other people might think.
Incorporate gratitude, joy and optimism. Writing about the good things helps you achieve greater emotional well-being.