Keeping a Journal

Remember when you were a kid and you tried to keep a journal? We’d usually start it with, “Dear diary…”

Many of us may have fallen out of the habit, though, and haven’t been able to keep one going after a certain age. But the thing about journaling is that when you’re having a bad day, or a good one, and you don’t have an outlet from which to share those emotions, it can become bottled up in the wrong way and come back to bite you later.

The benefits of journaling as an adult are endless, plus it’s kind of fun to have something secret like this. Some of the benefits of keeping a journal are:

  • Letting your emotions out onto a page rather than out in public, especially if they’re negative emotions.
  • Going back and looking at how you were one day compared to now (this can be over the course of a week, month, or year).
  • It’s healthy for you emotionally and psychologically. You don’t have to suffer and it can reduce stress.

If you haven’t had a journal for a while, or ever, I suggest starting one! You don’t have to write in it everyday, but a couple of times a month or when you feel you need to can be very helpful in improving your health, or even your day.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it doesn’t even have to be paper, but start a journal today! There are various types of journals that you can start, it doesn’t have to be a “Dear Diary” journal at all! In fact, I got some tips from a video by OrganizedJen and started four journals based off of hers:

  • Gratitude journal – a journal to write in every night with 5 things I am grateful for for that day
  • Health journal – a journal to write how I’m feeling health-wise, including both mentally and physically, and possibly how any diets and exercise routines are going
  • Spiritual journal – a journal to log my spiritual journey and how I’m growing in my relationship with Christ (you can obviously tailor this to whatever religion you follow, if any)
  • “Dear Diary” – it’s exactly the one you did as a kid: it’s for your eyes only and is used to write down your deepest thoughts, desires, feelings, goings-on, and so forth

There are more types of journals that you can start: dream journals, family journals, project, gardening, and more. It all really depends on who you are as a person, what your hobbies are, and what you hope to get out of journaling. Take a chance and try it! There’s not right or wrong way with journaling as it’s all up to you on how you use it. But the best advice I can give you when it comes to journaling is:

Start today!

Maybe you’re having a really bad day and need to write it out before you explode, or maybe you just had the best experience of your life and you don’t want to forget it any time soon, including your emotions of that event. Write it down! Create as many journals as you want, and don’t be afraid to keep going further!

If you’re going the digital journal way, try Google Docs where it automatically saves your work as you type and you (hopefully) won’t lose it, or keep it in a Word document. Keep each day on a separate document and save them as the date, or keep it all in one document and style it however you want. There’s no end to the possibilities when it comes to creating a digital journal because there are so many different types of fonts, colors, and styles you can use to make it look pretty – which can also be pretty detoxing if you’re having a stressful day!

Don’t be afraid what others may think of you as a result of journaling – it’s none of their business, anyway! It’s for you to grow and express yourself. So don’t hesitate and start today!

 

Do you have a journal? And if so, what kind is it and how do you use it? Leave a comment and let me know!

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