Journaling can be one of the most effective ways of keeping you in check with your goals, the day’s activities, and most of all, your mental well-being.
Have you ever wondered why most people are always just seated alone in a corner, seeping coffee while writing profusely you might think it is their last day on earth. Well, keeping diaries, otherwise known as journaling can be pretty therapeutic. It helps you keep your mental state in check, especially if you find it rather hard to open up to people about your problems.
Here are some benefits that accrue to journaling:
- Great therapy
Hey, how often do you get free therapy sessions? Talking to people about your problems is already hard enough, so why not try a book? Journaling is a very good way of getting your thoughts in check. That diary is not only your therapist, it is also your non-judgmental friend. It listens more than anything in this world. There is no greater feeling than that.
- Reducing stress and anxiety.
You are probably wondering how. Well, writing helps you to practice a sense of calm when you are in complete panic mode. When you list down all the things that make you feel anxious or weary, half the time, you find yourself completely relaxing, it is almost like a miracle. It also has this fascinating way of conjuring solutions you had not even thought of. Just try it out and see.
- It improves writing skills a ton.
Ever heard of the saying practice makes perfect? It applies here. Many great writers started by simply filling their diaries with words. Making the pen and paper your best friend will get you writing and even thinking like a pro. Albert Einstein will have nothing on you, just saying.
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- Boosting creativity
Psychologists have proven that journaling can be a great way of sorting out the creativity block easily. Those moments when you hardly can find any inspiration, get a pen and paper, and just dig in. It will do wonders for you.
- Helps with time management
Journaling also includes planning out your day, what you will do, when you will do it, and how. All this works out when you want to ensure that your day is seamless and you have accomplished what you wanted. Look at it as though it was a compass, giving you direction.
When most African homes would call journaling a ‘white people thing’, it has more benefits than you would think. So, don’t knock it until you try it.