What is a Journal?
A journal is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with words, pictures or anything else that comes from within. Think of your journal as a place you can vomit your words without any filters or judgment. This is YOUR journal, its basically anything you want it to be! You are free to explore your dreams, ambitions, thoughts, goals, etc. to escape from the real world. The future you is listening to the present you because a journal will be with you for life. By reflecting on what matters most to you now, you can be your own time traveler!
My Experience with Journaling
I am a journaler at heart and have always kept a journal since I could remember. Journaling has been a big part of my life because it helps my mind and imagination roam so I can create on a daily basis. When I first started journaling I honestly enjoyed it & made it a routine every night to write, draw and even stuff flowers between the pages.
I always had more than one journal- one was to free write my feelings/ doodle and another was to write down my unusual dreams/ stories. From a young age I have always loved to write on paper so having a journal was the perfect way for me to find my voice.
Writing in my journal is therapeutic. Just having somewhere to admit things and appreciate the small forgotten moments in my life is a pleasure. Having a journal was my answer to everything and maybe it could be yours too!
Starting a Personal Journal can/ will:
Build Inner confidence when things change physically and emotionally.
>> Expressing how you feel on paper can make you feel like someone is listening to what you have to say. + Express happy feelings
Help clarify thoughts and opinions while improving communication.
>> If you’re feeling low or lost and don’t know why, you can keep asking yourself/your journal the reasons for your feelings until you come to see potential answers. Then you may be able to reach out for help or advice
A journal is a safe place to write about things that tend to make you feel vulnerable or ashamed
(although they shouldn’t)>>Any insecurities, nervousness, inhibition, etc.
If you focus on primarily getting things out of your head and onto a blank page, it can help with creative writing.
By observing people, things and situations around you, you’ll tend to understand that things change. Moment to moment. Day by Day. Hour after hour.
>> If you are having a bad day, you will realize there are more good things to be happy about.
If you are working towards a certain goal, it can track your progress.
>>Studying for an exam, exercising , meditating, drinking more water etc.
Keeping a journal can be amazing for the good times in life, but keeping a journal during the not-so-good times can be even better. It helps process any difficult emotions, anxieties or concerns.
>>It helps you vent all the bad shit out, making you feel better at the end.
Looking back at a journal of yours can help you appreciate the little things in life.
>> The smell of flowers for instance, or forgotten moments that magically appeared after seeing a specific drawing.
A journal can help you understand that everything works out at the end.
>>Falling off your bike for the first time wasn’t the end of the world.
There are even some scientists who believe keeping a journal regularly can help your mind and your body to fight diseases! (So Start writing!!)