Life is an eternal trip and each day brings a new page of a new milestone. High time you kept track of it if you haven’t been.
You might’ve been in a situation where you woke up and wished to feel like yourself once again as you felt in your old golden days. Or perhaps you wondered how your voice sounded like during the hard times. Is it possible to relive those memories? In this case, a magic book can help you rewind your moments. A journal, a place where we can store our memories in written form, is the answer. The quote of William Wordsworth, a famous English romantic poet, seems to fit well with the picture of journaling- “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
You might find yourself lost in the memories of your life during the teen years. Maybe you used to write down your about the pranks you pulled that were too mischievous. Maybe you had a crush on somebody. Or even your frustrations that you wanted to articulate only through written words. Apart from the sense of relief that you receive simply by opening up, there are other great aspects of journaling. If having a ton of things on your plate makes you ask, “Why bother keeping a journal?”, let me tell you an interesting fact: you’ll feel the sparks of keeping a journal more as you grow older for some amazing reasons.
Did you know journaling can help you heal faster from mental wounds and improve your IQ? Surprised? So, allow me to convince you to start journaling once again or perhaps for the first time, with some other astounding benefits of it.
Journaling depicts the level of self-growth
Journaling has an interesting effect of reflecting our thoughts and feelings from time to time. And this could be a fantastic way to keep track of even our minor changes. It’s like becoming more acquainted with oneself. Then again, your journal could play the role of your potential listener without judging or interrupting you and being available 24 hours a day. In short, consistent journaling would let us keep in touch with our subconscious mind’s thoughts or insights.
Journal can be a voice of our dreams
Through assisting us with accountability to ourselves, journaling might help us to discover who or what we really are and also our aim in life. And writing about them is akin to taking one step toward achieving them. It may help us to visualize ourselves in the broader context and discover our voices towards our dreams and aspirations. Besides, a journal might also be a safe space to express our feelings and aspirations for our dreams. Thus, a journal can motivate us to never give up.
Journal can be a form of meditation
Journaling is a great way to round out our habits; in fact, a blank page and a pen/pencil can be an effective set of tools. Our thoughts get a chance to be clear wherever we start to scribble (or perhaps type) them down. For, journaling allows us to think from a place of spaciousness portraying a new point of view on any given context. And this might lead to a way to capture our phase along with mirroring on our longings. This, in turn, causes us to sharpen our focus as well as cultivate our curiosity along with creativity.
Journaling keeps a document for our future-selves
Journal being a personal possession serves as a safe locker of our memory. It may contain our struggles, joyous moments or the time when we’re on the edge of giving up or may be the time when we held ourselves high from falling. It may show us how far we’ve come and how far we still have to travel. Actually, a journal improves with age and is like gold for our future. We don’t know in which situation we’ll be but we might be able to look back on the time and relive our memories. It may make us appreciate everything we had, have and will have. Sounds interesting, right?
Journaling brings health-benefits
Psychologist James Pennebaker once stated that ‘journaling can reinforce our immune cells called T-lymphocytes.’ He assumes that writing about stressful events in a journal can help you come to terms with them. As a result, the impact of stressors on your physical health is lessened. It may help you accept the situation you are in, not running away from the situation. And yes, you might, eventually, come up with a solution. Thus, our feeling of discomfort may fade to a light hum. Not only can journaling help us assess our thoughts logically, but also give us clarity regarding our mental state. And even at its worst, it may whisper in your ear that “it’s going to be alright” like a magic book. So, what are you thinking?
And you know what? There’s also a long list of historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison who were enormously successful and meticulous in life and diligent keepers of journals.
So, even if we don’t have any previous experience in journaling, I guess, we can give it a shot. What say?