I love journaling. It’s a good complement to my love of writing and a great way to channel my thoughts. From the time I was a teenager, I kept a diary. I wrote down what I thought about boys, how I spent my day or the goals I was hoping to achieve as I got older. I’m pretty sure getting my first driver’s licence was in there.
Today, my journal is where I express myself when I’m having a good day and proud of my accomplishments. I can remind myself of my strengths and the progress I’ve made towards my goals. When I’m having a bad day, I can go back and read those positive statements and get myself back on a positive path.
I don’t write every day, but when I do, I find it gratifying.
Five reasons you might want to keep a journal
- It’s one way to record special moments.
Have you ever taken a trip, visiting little towns and unique shops along the way? Bring along a journal to keep track of those moments so you can look back later and remember the experiences you had or names of places you visited. You might also want to record the names of special people you met so you can reconnect another time.
- It’s a place to practice your writing.
If you enjoy writing, journaling is a way you can write at your leisure. Take the opportunity to form sentences, write short stories or even poetry. Practice your communication skills.
- Express yourself.
Sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out. You may not be comfortable sharing your feelings, so writing them down is a great option and can be very therapeutic. Getting thoughts out of your head is known to help reduce stress.
- Reflect on the positives.
Use your journal entries to keep track of all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished. On days when you’re feeling a little under the weather, come back to them. They’ll be a great reminder of how awesome you are!
- Is there a book in you?
Have you ever been told you should write a book? Think of how much easier that would be if you’d kept a journal — a chronological account of your life.
I like to put pen to paper rather than type on my computer. My journal is a leather bound book of recycled cotton paper, making writing in it an experience I enjoy.
If you don’t already practice the craft of writing, give it a try. You might just be surprised how good it can make you feel.