Life can get stressful, and things can feel daunting. As a result, it can take a toll on processing everyday thoughts and contribute to a shift in our daily self-talk. One thing that can help with keeping mental focus is journaling. This practice has been around since the beginning of time, and there is no right or wrong way to do it.
Journaling is the act of writing down thoughts and feelings in one spot and improving your understanding of these emotions by putting them on paper. If you have experienced stress, anxiety, or altered sleep during these stressful times, this activity may help better control those feelings of the unknown and assist with processing those emotions. You can do it in a designated book or in any notebook you might find lying around the house or at the store. If paperless is more your thing, you can also journal on your smartphone in the “notes” section or on your laptop.
By recording your feelings, you can work through them and allow yourself to re-read or reflect on those thoughts, ideas, or emotions at any time. So, decide if you prefer to start your journal digitally or the old-fashioned way with a pen and paper, gather your thoughts for the day, and start your journal.
Proven positives of journaling include:
- A boost in your mood
- Enhances self-awareness
- Contributes to processing negative feelings or emotions
- Improves memory
- Helps in prioritizing concerns and problems
- Clears the mind of excess “noise”
- Aids in being mindful
- Contributes to creativity
For more suggestions on how to get started keeping a journal, click here.