7 Life Changing Reasons to Keep a Journal

7 Life Changing Reasons to Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal is great way to get the jumble of thoughts and feelings out of your head.  Many people who have trouble sleeping find that transferring their thoughts on to paper before bed helps them to get a better nights sleep.  

When we have a head full of clutter and bad feelings everything else is eclipsed and we often can't think clearly, which in many cases prevents a solution being found and makes it very difficult to function efficiently.  

7 life changing reasons to keep a journal:

1. Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.

2. Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.

3. Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.

4. Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.

5. Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.

6. Track patterns, trends and improvement and growth over time. When current circumstances appear insurmountable, you will be able to look back on previous dilemmas that you have since resolved and that will give you a big boost.

7. At those times when you just can not bring yourself to write, simply take out your journal and doodle, use coloured pens and draw what you are feeling.  Or even better, draw how you would like to feel.