Why I Keep A Journal
My mind is constantly in overdrive. It never stops. Ever. Sometimes I wish I can shut my brain off.
The best way for me to cope with the effects of an overactive brain is to keep a journal. I look forward to getting thoughts out of my head and onto paper. It's always a big relief for me. It's also a creative outlet when I need one.
There are many benefits to keeping a journal. I wrote about the biggest benefits for me below.
I pour my heart out to my journal. I don't hold anything back. You can share your strangest thoughts, insecurities, and your secrets in your journal without worrying about anyone judging you (except yourself). Like my brain, my journal is all over the place. I write about whatever I want, whenever I want. There are days that I don't have anything to talk about. And other days, I have a lot on my mind and write multiple entries. I write about being happy, sad, excited, or confused. I talk about my struggles and things that I am proud of. I can let it all out in my journal.
A journal is not a replacement for therapy.
Organizes Your Thoughts
Writing it out can help you make sense of situations. It's easier to strategize and work on your master plan. I like to create lists when I'm thinking something through. Writing in my journal also helps me put my thoughts into words, which is important when you need to verbalize those thoughts with someone else. It's beneficial to keep all of your thoughts in one place.
Track personal growth
Keeping a journal is a way of documenting thoughts and events as they happen. It's fun to go back and read older entries to see how you have changed and grown. I recently did a mid-year check-in and was pleased with my growth in six months. Earlier this year, I wrote so much about finding a purpose and feeling lost. These days, I am holding myself in a much higher regard. I still have a lot of growing to do but I feel like I am headed in a positive direction. I'm so glad to have documented along the way!
Do you have a journal? In what ways has it improved your well-being?