Hey guys. Happy new month!
So today I want to write to you guys about journaling. Yes, journaling. I chose this topic because personally journaling has been so helpful to me in my day to day life. I didn’t really take it seriously until the end of last year and I realized how helpful it is.
I hope today’s article will help you see if you can give it a try if you haven’t already.
In every introduction I’ve done so far in my course of a unit the lecturer always asks us for the importance of the unit or gives us the importance of the unit. It is necessary to see whether anything is worth your while and what impact it will have in your life. So, I’ll list a few of the things I find helpful with journaling.
1. Gives a great sense of control and calmness.
This helps me every time I feel things are getting overwhelming. I write. I try and breakdown what is bothering and why is it bothering me. It forces you to think deeper and get to the actual root of the problem and before you know it, you are not only writing down problems but also possible solutions. Then you will feel in control of the actual situation you are in.
2. Clear headspace.
So according to research and yes, I have done my research on this whole topic, short term memory is limited. Journaling gives an outlet of all that excess information. It’s like taking short notes during a lecture, you don’t have to retain everything there and then. You will feel overwhelmed with information or start forgetting things. So, it definitely helps with clearing your head allowing the mind to be quieter and not bombarding with thoughts left right and center. It also helps one think more clearly.
3. Reframing your personal narrative.
Often times when I feel low or overwhelmed with a certain situation in my life, I write. I found that it helps me recount what exactly is going on. I reflect on my thoughts and experiences while telling my own story. Then I way what is happening against my values. I get clarity from this; I learn my patterns and make necessary changes to be better in case of a reoccurrence of the same situation.
4. What you write you are more likely to achieve.
This comes about in setting goals. Put them down on paper. Write your plans on achieving them. Share them with a supportive friend. Make a follow up weekly. If you journal every day or make to-do lists. You know when the task is written it just has to be done. It is an unspoken rule. Who wants non-checked boxes at the end of the day on their to do lists? No one. I do this with my roommate but she does it on a daily, sometimes she reminds me. Before bed we write what, we are supposed to do the next day and it makes it easier to wake up in the morning because you know what you are supposed to do. Write at least three things. This helps you be productive by the way and not waste a whole day.
5. Record of progress
Everyone wants to see their efforts producing results. Even if you had a bad day yesterday and wrote it down and today you are smiling that is progress. At least yesterday’s problem is not today’s issue. In long term you will start seeing your goals coming into life and you becoming a better person. You will gain more understanding of most importantly yourself and your environment. It’s a process but it’s definitely worth it. Honestly, I enjoy every second of it.
Lastly there are different kinds of journals. It’s totally up to you which one you want depending on your goals.
1. Gratitude journal
2. Morning pages
3. The goal journal
4. Values journal
5. Ideas journal
6. Curiosity journal
To mention but a few. I might write another short blog on the types of journals. You guys will tell me if you want me to.
If you feel the week is crappy already and it’s only Monday, try this and get through the week.
Thank you for reading loves:)