Journal is a personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis. It’s a book in which daily record of happenings, etc, is kept. It is an official record of the daily proceedings, of a legislative body. It can also be referred to as a periodical presenting articles on a particular subject such as a medical journal.
Journaling is the practice of keeping a journal or diary, especially in order to express one’s thoughts. Journaling is the act of keeping your personal thoughts, feelings, insights, and more. It can be written down or typed. It can be on paper or on your computer. It’s a simple, low-cost way of improving your MENTAL HEALTH. It isn’t easy to start journaling, it can feel like work or something too big to do by writing but the positive effects of journaling can be felt even if it’s done daily. Studies prove that journaling can help with Physical, psychological, and emotional healing. Writing positive about the experience with the illness or the disease can improve their conditions. It is also a fact that writing can reduce anxiety and depression.
“Journaling helps you to remember how strong you truly are with yourself”. – Asad Meah-.


Reasons to Keep a Journal

(1) To get clarity on a difficult issue in your life.
(2) To remember who you are.
(3) To appreciate everything you have.
(4) To calm down your anxiety.
(5) To heal after a breakup.
(6). To process a big life event


What you can put in a Journal

(1). Daily events
(2). Affirmations.
(3). Inspirational quotes
(4). To-do list
(5). Gratitude list
(6). Emotion tracker
(7). Travel Memories
(8). Lessons Learned
(9). Brain dump
(10). Astrological updates.
(11). Morning pages
(12). Guided prompts
(13). Life milestones
(14). Drawings and Doodles
(15). Plans for Upcoming events
(16). First Date Experience
(17). Educational lifestyles
(18). Relationships and Friendships
(19). Future Events.
And more…….

Benefits of Journaling

Journaling is therapeutic and can help in many ways…..
Think of Journaling as having a relationship with yourself…
Here are some of the benefits of Journaling…
(1) It helps to reduce anxiety and stress
(2) It encourages opening-up
(3) It manifests positive thoughts
(4) It regulates emotions
(5) It taps into emotional wellness
(6) It improves the overall health
(7) It helps to have interaction in a journey of self-improvement
(8) It helps show gratitude
(9) It helps to report daily activities, and create plans and lists.
(10). It helps you to be aware of yourself better.
Some Questions to check in with yourself
How am I feeling?
What’s not working?
What’s working?
What do I need to do?
What am I proud of?
What am I avoiding?
Who am I?
(11). It helps to improve creative expressions and skill sets.
(12). It helps to create your own peaceful and comfortable space.
(13). It helps to build a sense of detailing
(14). It helps with overthinking
(15). It helps you sleep better
(16). It helps you look back and see how far you’ve come.
(17). It helps you embrace positive energies and gain self-motivation.
(18). It helps improve memory
(19). It helps you achieve your goals, tracking progress and growth.
(20). It improves communication skills
(21). It improves Self  Discipline.
Once again, never forget that Journaling is therapeutic, Journaling is cathartic, Journaling allows us to witness our transformation over time, Journaling holds space for us to speak our truths, Journaling is an intimate time with self, Journaling comforts us when we’re melancholy, Journaling may look different for everyone, Journaling serves as a tool and witness in our personal evolutions. Dear Reader, cultivate the habit of journaling today.

By Jolayemi Oluwadamilola
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