We're all living in a new normal now and this means having to deal with new opportunities and problems. Building a journaling habit can help you explore how to deal with your emotions, so you can feel more balanced in your life. The beauty of journaling is how open it is when you put pen to paper. Here are 5 benefits of journaling:
1. Being present through mindfulness
The act of writing on a piece of paper allows you to be more focused and present in the moment. Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware of everything happening around us at that specific point in time. Journaling allows you to be in a present state of mind as it can bring a mind full of thoughts under control but getting emotions down on paper.
2. Reduce stress
Stress can manifest in various forms affecting our health in many ways. Stress can affect our sleep and how we interact with others around us and it has been called out as the health epidemic of the 21st century by the World Health Organization. Journaling can help reduce stress and build emotional agility by getting your emotions down on paper. Journaling about your stress can help you understand more about how you are feeling and develop strategies on how you can cope with stress.
3. Cultivate gratitude
We tend to forget about the goodness around us and focus our mind on the negative things, this is completely normal. Journaling what you are grateful for each day will help you build more positive thoughts and bring more happiness into your life. You will also realise the smallest things that happen during the day can be the biggest moments you can be grateful for.
4. Nurture your inner artist
You'd be surprised at the ideas you can come up with when you start getting your thoughts down on paper. Many artists, musicians and writers use journals every day to write down the magic that is conjuring inside their minds. If you're struggling with your creativity then give journaling a chance to spark that creative genius inside of you.
5. Better sleep
Sleep is underrated, we need more of it. There are so many benefits to a good night's rest but more and more people are experiencing issues with their sleep. Journaling before bed is a great way to dump all those thoughts running around in your mind into your journal. This allows your mind to relax when you are going to bed, so those thoughts won't wake you up in the middle of the night. Lots of people are also starting to have a dedicated sleep journal that is always on their bedside table.
These 5 benefits are just a slice of goodness when it comes to journaling. Always remember that there is true beauty in making the journaling experience your own.