Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed journaling and that is the one thing that has stuck for nearly my entire life. I find it somewhat therapeutic but it is also just really nice to look back and be able to remember what periods of my life were like. One of my favorite things to read old entries and just see how much has changed in a year or two years or even in a month. I also like to look back on old vacations because my memory for events is kind of pathetic whereas my dad’s is as sharp as it could be.
As far as day to day goes, I journal so that I can just process the day and then move on. I tend to be an overthinker like I overthink everything. So, it feels really good at the end of my day to just get out everything that is weighing on my mind. This helps me so much and for some reason, it has become such a part of my night routine that if I don’t do it, I have trouble falling asleep at night. What I am trying to get at is that journaling is very beneficial for me.
I believe that one of the benefits of journaling is that it makes you more mindful. Journaling forces you to process your thought from the day and figure out why you were feeling that way. Then, once you have written your thoughts out they kind of lose their value. Say for example if you were frustrated at something, typically when you write it out it makes it just seem silly and lose whatever value it held to you before.
Journaling is also REALLY helpful at helping you to achieve goals. Whenever you journal it can be a mini check up on how you are doing with whatever goal you are trying to reach. For me, I can see how much I improved physically because workouts that used to burn like no other now barely phase me at all. I think this has to be one of my favorite benefits of journaling because it makes you feel like a fricking boss when you are better off than you used to be. If you ever think that you are getting nowhere, you can see and remember that some of the best things take time.
Sometimes people don’t get a far as they want in life because they lack self-discipline. Journaling every day is a way to improve self-discipline because it is not always easy to journal every day, it takes commitment. It can be as hard as trying to force yourself to get up an hour earlier in the morning so that you can go to the gym.
There are probably plenty more benefits of journaling but there are the ones I have thought of so far.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!