A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling Part 3 – “Benefits”

Part 3 Benefits.jpgThis is the ‘third’ instalment of a 7 part series. This Series is called “A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling”. I will be talking about the ins and outs of journalling from all the information I have gathered from my extensive research and my experience so far. When I was originally writing this, it was just going to be one post…but I just had so much to say and the post got longer and longer. So, I thought it was best to break it up for you…and turn it into a mini ‘Crash Course’.

Benefits of Journalling

Journalling is a safe place you can go express yourself freely without the fear of being judged, it can be used as a healing process and it really is the cheapest kind of therapy. But it can also be used to further your personal development, to record and track your growth.

Some people journal for fun, some people journal to help improve their health, some people journal to record memories and some people journal for all of the above. For whatever reason you have, that has made you to decide to embark on your very own journalling journey…there are a tremendous amount of benefits you can experience, that I don’t quite know where to start. Journal writing helps you gain insight into your behaviours and moods, so is a brilliant tool for your overall personal growth and development. But not only that, Journalling can be used to benefit all areas of your life; physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

Physical Benefits

Some people like to journal to track patterns, trends, improvements, achievements and growth towards their physical health. This can be done in some kind of food journal, where you will meal plan and record how many calories you have ate or an exercise journal, where you can record how much exercise you have done. This can be beneficial to look back on how far you have improved. For example, maybe when you first started exercising, you could only run on the treadmill for 10 minutes, but now you can run for 30 minutes…seeing this improvement on paper can really help keep you motivated. By keeping a food and exercise journal, you can track your weight, track what exercise provides you with the best outcomes and will help you reflect on any mistakes you may be making.

For example, one week you exercise 1 hour a day but you do not stick to your calorie intake…you lose 3 pound. However, the next week you may exercise only half an hour a day and stick to your calorie intake…but only lose 1 pound. During this week you feel very tired and may not have enjoyed the exercise as much. This will show you that, even though you over ate the first week, your body needed it for the energy it provided. Therefore, you can keep tweaking your health plan till you decide you are receiving the best outcomes from it.

Apart from the benefits of recording and tracking your health habits, journalling can help reduce stress and can help anxiety disorders, mood disorders and depression. Writing down how you feel can be a very comforting and therapeutic experience. And when used in conjunction with medication and counselling, journalling can help you through personal issues you may be having for instance; substance misuse or alcohol abuse. By managing daily stresses better, it can improve your overall mood and can increase you confidence and self-esteem, resulting in a HAPPIER YOU!

Mental/Emotional Benefits

In this area of life, I feel you can gain the most benefits from journalling. This may be down to my own personal experience but writing down how you feel can help you prioritise your problems, fears and concerns. Giving you an opportunity for positive self-talk and identify negative thought patterns and behaviours. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, journalling can help you recognise what triggers set your mood down, this will give you a chance to work through your issues by clarifying your thoughts and feelings towards that certain trigger.

Journalling can be a healing process that can help you recover from grief and loss, it can help you process failed relationships and provide you with an opportunity to get to know and understand yourself better on a deeper level, growing your self-awareness and building a sense of serenity.

I like to keep a gratitude journal, where I record all the things I have to be thankful for in my life. This gives me a chance to look at the big picture and remember how lucky I am. It has honestly improved my overall perspective on life. By reminding myself of all the good I have in my life, leaves little room left for me to feel sad.

Social Benefits

Journalling about your relationships is a great way to reflect on any problems and disagreements you may be having with others. It can allow you to express exactly how you feel about a situation, so you don’t keep it all locked up inside. This is something I am sometimes guilty of, I keep things in and let them stew for weeks, sometimes months…then one day I would just blow! This resulted in me saying hurtful things to the people I love and acting out of character. Writing how you feel about a situation can give you a chance to work through your issues and try and see things from a different perspective, seeing the situation from their point of view. Once you have got it all out your system you may decide that what you were feeling was trivial…maybe it wasn’t them you were actually angry at. Journalling sharpens your senses, allowing you to observe the world with greater richness and complexity.

Intellectual Benefits

Journalling can be creatively energizing and is a brilliant tool for capturing your ideas, pondering your big dreams and tracking your victories. Many successful people are known for keep their very own journal, where they plan out their goals, create successful action routines and chart out what works and what does not. Journalling can enable you to take control of your future, by developing your intuition and increasing your problem solving skills. Journalling can also help you improve your memory…by getting in a habit of writing things down you will never forget anything again.

I would love to hear from you. How do you feel about journalling? Have you tried keeping a journal before or do you currently use one? What’s your experience with journals? Please leave a comment down below.

Check out the other instalments of the series…

Part 1    Part 2    Part 4    Part 5    Part 6    Part 7

Also check out my Journalling challenge called‘100 Creative Journal Prompt Challenge’. (Still open)

 

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