Journaling is real good for you. By turning to the Google machine, you’ll uncover article upon article that discusses, in depth, the many benefits associated with journaling.
Here are our favorites that Psych Central explored:
1. Clarify Your Thoughts And Feelings
You’ve got thoughts floating around in your mind and feelings running rampant within…or, wherever we feel our feelings. Journaling has shown to help us make sense of the thoughts we’re thinking and the feelings we’re feeling. We could all do with some of that.
2. Get To Know Yourself Better
You’d think we understand the person we spend every moment with… Ourselves. But, sometimes it feels like we have no idea who we are. Journaling routinely can help you better understand yourself. Naturally, understanding yourself a bit (or a whole lot) better will improve your overall quality of life.
3. Reduce Stress
The kids are stressed. We’re the kids. I’m talking about us. Yup, you and me! When we turn to journaling to explore our emotions, we help release their intensity.
4. Solve Problems More Effectively
As a society, we have created a world where problem-solving is often only done from a left-brained, analytical perspective. However, sometimes we have to engage our right-brained more creative and intuitive self. Journaling unlocks this side of our brain and allows us the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
5. Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts
People sometimes, amirite? Journaling can help. When we write about misunderstandings with others rather than stewing in them, we help ourselves understand another’s point of view. Why aren’t they teaching this in school?!