As far back as I can remember, I have always loved to write. I could spend hours writing down life experiences, current thoughts, and continuous ideas or questions. Writing and journaling in particular is one of the best ways to organize your thoughts and record your memories. It is no secret that scribbling down your experiences, excitements, frustrations, thoughts and feelings can create a solid memory, but did you know that journaling also has health benefits?
1. Journaling Lowers Anxiety
Writing (or typing) out your negative and positive experiences has a positive effect on your immune system! Stay healthy by writing? Yes, by taking the time to say everything you need to say on paper, with no interruptions, is a proven way to lower anxiety and increase peace of mind.
2. Journaling Can Be Your Meditation
Having a journal handy is the fastest way to get satisfaction by getting it all out, or venting. Meditation is performed to focus on clearing your mind and relaxing. Journaling can help do the same by putting your life’s stressors on the paper and allowing you to leave your mind free.
3. Journaling Helps You To Let Go
By taking the time to journal you are almost confiding in a best friend. One that will never judge, never question, and never interrupt you. Journaling can lead you down a quick path to happiness by allowing you to say what you want to say, and talk yourself into a happy state by simply going through everything and letting it go. The best part about journaling is that what you write down will not get up and walk away. Once you write it down you can let it go and know that it will always be there if you need it.
4. Journaling Fosters Personal Growth
It is also good to know, that journaling is a great way to teach yourself things you may have never known about yourself. I do not know how many times I have sat down with pen and paper to write down my frustrations about an issue and end up solving my problem once I am all done. Journaling is not only a satisfying and enjoyable hobby, but also an important tool to help you grow in all aspects of your life.
Not everyone enjoys writing, obviously. Many people hate to write, but journaling helps you to remember little things that make you smile by reinforcing your memory of the day. It helps you to review and reflect on situations thoroughly, and slows you down to avoid jumping to conclusions. And finally, it helps you to become a happier and healthier person; in touch with your inner peace.