I’ve always been known as an individual who loves to write. I’m constantly jotting down ideas or scribbling in observations between the margins. When I was younger, I kept a pocket-sized notebook with me everywhere I went. I did my best to keep track of pencils but I often found myself scrounging for some type of utensil when I was shorthanded. I would have to ask the cashier or waitress for one than forget to return it before I leave. Now since everything is digital, I know longer have to worry about this issue. Nevertheless, nothing beats that chicken scratch on a crinkled piece of paper. Throughout the day, I tend to swap out both methods periodically. In addition, I keep a journal and write in it every day before going to sleep.
When it comes down to journaling, there has never been a set format to follow. Sometimes I write about my day or visualize the future ahead of me. When I feel like it, I’ll end up just writing whatever comes to mind. This helps with getting the juices to flow and overcoming the dreaded writer’s block. Keeping and writing in a journal has revealed things about myself and the environment that can never be accomplished in therapy. It’s an intimate relationship that evolves over time and is something I know has benefitted me tremendously. When people ask me why I write so much or choose to journal on a continual basis, there are several things I point out.
It’s a great way to keep track of thoughts and good ideas. The truth is we have millions of thoughts per day. Out of those, everyone has dozens of valuable ideas that come to mind. Unfortunately, if you don’t record them they drown in the abyss of amnesia only to be recollected in the dream world. By keeping a journal or some type of recording instrument with you, these “game-changing” thoughts can actually cultivate the change you deserve.
It brings you to a higher state of awareness. By journaling the trials and tribulations of day to day life, you notice things about yourself that are typically only seen from the third perspective. You recognize subconscious thought patterns and behavior that can change your life for the better. Furthermore, it shows you different routes to take during situations that would normally lead to disappointment. Basically, journaling boosts awareness of your emotional and mental facilities. It helps you break cycles that would generally be left undetected.
It can literally allow you to write into existence. Seriously, I know it might sound cheesy or unrealistic but putting dreams down on paper does something to your consciousness. Constantly writing and reading your journal entries pushes you take action. Moreover, I personally think that putting anything down on paper sends out a vibe that the universe can catch. This helps in manifesting your desires and bringing your vision to life.
It can stop the leftover baggage from weighing down your emotions and soul. Journaling forces you to mentally approach thoughts that are easy to avoid. When we constantly avoid difficult feelings and memories, it causes a plethora of health complications. Anxiety, stress and even physical pain are just a few common examples. Writing in a journal releases this tension and slowly soothes energy that tends to become bottlenecked.
It helps improve your writing skills. Obviously if you write on a consistent basis, you are bound to advance your writing comprehension. I first realized I was a good writer at a young age from people complimenting me on how well I wrote. They would ask me what school I went to and I told them I just write as a hobby. They couldn’t believe it and I was equally caught off guard. I learned most of what I know just by constantly approaching the craft.
Journaling offers a wide variety of advantages that could potentially benefit a person’s entire being. From heightened emotional intelligence to releasing built up stress, writing in a journal provides limitless opportunity for growth. Awareness is key. Therefore, I think it’s important that our thoughts and emotions stay on the same page.