Your mind can get scrambled — overworked, overstretched and stressed out.
Do you have sufficient coping mechanisms when you experience a life crisis, burnout or merely need a sound avenue to express your feelings? Journaling can help facilitate this shift in a very fundamental way.
Journaling is incredibly powerful and beneficial to the very fabric of your life. If you’re always running a mile a minute, overbooking yourself and neglecting the necessity of self-care, you may assume you just don’t have time to journal. Make time because it could change your life!
One of the struggles commonly experienced with the constant hustle and bustle of life is feeling weighed down with an endless to-do list depending on how much you may commit yourself to and what your days look like, plus familial obligations, social obligations, and your health. There sometimes is no time to be mindful of your emotions, your actions or the needless energy you spend on personally harmful exchanges.
According to research, there is a deep connection between being mindful and being happy. Centering yourself through the act of journaling will allow you to garner necessary perspective on aspects of your life that can otherwise seem tumultuous. Engage your thoughts in stillness through journaling.
Journaling can allow you to harness and activate your creativity in a way that is productive. Your mind goes through something substantial when certain goals and ambitions are readily written down. The correlation between the written word and action is incredible and the thoughts necessary for your mind to understand that the potential of an idea can be further fleshed out through a stream of consciousness writing is encouraging.
Writing out goals gives your mind the framework to better navigate and master plans towards achieving them. A psychological blueprint is often essential to increasing productivity and success.
Great Stress Reliever
Writing down thoughts and feelings allows you to get them out of your head and onto paper. You may still hold onto them and experience them in a specific way, but the process of unearthing them is cathartic and can help you process what’s stressing you out. It can allow you to push the tough situations and adverse circumstances from your body onto the page.
It’s incredibly perspective bearing as well. You’ll potentially start to see your troubles and struggles in a new light. You may even find that what began as a 15-minute mental exercise turns into hours of writing simply because there is so much to get out. When journaling, find a quiet, private place to transcribe your emotions, and invest in a good seat cushion to up the comfortability factor.
Boosts Cognitive Functions
One thing that is quick to shift in the wake of stress or a hectic lifestyle is your memory. Little things may start to escape you or slip your mind entirely. This is an overload that your mind is experiencing and to circumvent mental lapses, it lets go of information it perceives not to need.
Journalling regularly can potentially increase your comprehension and memory. Reading and writing are tantamount to improving cognitive sharpness, and the process of sifting through your mind and processing the thoughts, emotions, and ideas onto the page can help your mind become clearer. This forces the mind to engage in cognitive recall. There is a powerful connection between the hand and the brain. Journaling can fuel that in a precise, compelling way.
Improves Communication Skills
Strengthening how you communicate will do wonders for your interpersonal relationships. No matter if you’re wrangling work, kids, projects, or deadlines, you have to stop and engage with others. These moments of engagement are so crucial to not only your own emotional and mental health but also to how others perceive you.
You can strengthen your relationships with better communication skills and tactics. Journaling aids this in allowing numerous ways to say something or express yourself. Writing has tremendous connections to speaking. The written word and verbal communication are highly intrinsic.
Managing your emotions in a healthy way allows you to experience them but not fixate or be primarily altered by them. Journaling can help you process your feelings but also will enable you to be more empathic towards others when you see they are struggling. Bottling up your emotions and experiences only further cuts you off from necessarily clarity and resilience.
This processing of emotions through journaling instead leads to heightened self-awareness that can help give you the tools you need to be a more understanding person. Being on the same page internally allows you to be on the same page with others in a way that’s grounding and helpful. You’ll be able to better support others in their times of need when you’ve increased your understanding around your emotions and experiences.
Setting aside time to journal can shift your life in positive, unimaginable ways.
About the author
Jessica Hegg is the content manager at ViveHealth.com. Interested in all things related to living a healthy lifestyle she works to share valuable information aimed at overcoming obstacles and improving the quality of life for others.