Journaling: Write Yourself Healthy
Over the years, there’s been a stigma around journaling. Especially in childhood movies....the really embarrassing diary would always end up in the wrong hands, remember? As we welcome a new decade, let’s ditch negative notions and embrace journaling for what it actually is: a great way to minimize stress and help us tune in with our emotions. Check out these 5 benefits of journaling in your daily routine.
Be More Mindful
We tend to get stuck in our behavioral patterns—some we’re not huge fans of. Whether you judge too quickly, say things you regret, or just see the glass half-empty sometimes, we don’t often pause to reflect on our actions or thoughts in a purposeful way. Journaling can help you implement more constructive criticism into the way you live, leading to more positivity, shifted patterns and more purpose behind what we do.
In life, a lot of things don’t come with closure. Sometimes, the only way to heal the pain of something is through your own processing and reflection—which can be challenging, drawn-out and full of self-doubt. No matter how much advice you ask for, you are the only person who can make you feel like yourself again. Write out your problems, read them back to yourself and embrace what makes your heart heavy. By turning your trauma into something tangible, you can escape the endless mental maze and turn it into something real that you can face head-on.
Stress has been proven to have negative effects on our health. The stresses of life can weigh heavily, which then makes work, fitness, even social plans daunting. Stress can be mentally and emotionally exhausting, but it can have effects on the body, too. Everything from headaches and heartburn to a weak immune system and high blood pressure can be caused by stress-related issues. Journaling can help you cope with your stress before it becomes a physical problem and helps you manage it in a healthier way.
Like we talked about in one of our recent posts on setting goals, journaling can help you keep your goals for the year (or even the day) top of mind. The more you’re reminded of the mindset you had when you created the goal, the more likely you’ll be to see it through. While journaling can be a great way to relieve the challenges of life, it can also be a great place to dream your goals into reality.
Reflecting on positive experiences is a great way to reward your brain for handling or reacting to a situation in a way that you’re proud of and want to recreate. When you write these moments down, you’re releasing endorphins and giving yourself a boost of good emotions that will target your self-esteem. Over time, you’ll build more self-confidence as you begin to naturally recognize all the things you’re doing right and the progress you’re making towards self-love.
BTW, Journaling doesn’t have to be a tedious process. We aim to make these moments of reflection quick and effective. Try out the journaling feature in Prezence to find a routine that works for you—whether it’s on-the-go, just before bed, or somewhere in the middle of a hectic day.