The benefits of journaling are beyond just recording your thoughts and memories. It is ultimately good for your health.
See it as a blueprint for helping reach your goals. Providing baby steps towards more mindfulness and greater emotional intelligence. In helping clarify and identify the necessary steps to get you from where you are to where you’d like to go, journaling can be an incredible resource. Additionally, it builds self-discipline and can help improve communication skills.
Journaling can help reduce stress and anxiety as it is an outlet for feelings to be expressed. Fears are minimized as they are articulated. Empathy increased due to self-awareness and the processing of emotions that happens when you consistently write. Stream of consciousness writing can elevate creativity and problem solving.
With all the benefits this practice can bring, the key is to be patient and consistent. Doing so helps avoid frustration and make this a positive new habit. Begin with baby steps.
This week, commit to writing 5-minutes two days a week, first thing in the morning or before sleeping. Then add more when you feel ready.
If you’d like try it or need some ideas on what to write and ask me for journal prompts or ideas.