3 Reasons Why You Should Journal
It's very important to set the stage, why journal? The why brings you into journaling and then keeps you invested when you hit a bump in the road. It is the starting place and the ending place. Journaling is a cyclical process, meaning that it is constant wheel moving and is being refined in the fire along the journey.
Here are a few of the biggest reasons led by journaling research:
1) Decrease Your Stress- As someone who has family history of anxiety and depression, I got the brunt end of the stick and picked up anxiety as well. Reflection through journaling has been one way that I’ve been able to manage my stress levels. Between August 2016 and January 2017, stress levels have increased in the United States for the first time in 10 years. I've been taking anxiety medication for the past 10 years and I'll be completely off the medication in 6 days. I see strong correlation between my journaling the past three years and now getting off medication.
2) Maximize Your Potential- We see through vision, but when we turn the vision to the verb form, we visualize, and that is far greater than the noun. I write down my vision’s, and I’m now seeing something far greater than my abilities would allow. When we write them down, it becomes subconscious, and part of who you are, your DNA.
3) Thought Clarity- Have you ever been stumped with something going through your head? Journaling helps make the intangible, tangible. I’ve seen this the most in writing through past experiences. Writing about the experience has opened up new insights into the lessons learned and advice for others. I'm in the process of writing a memoir book, possible through the power of expressive writing.
Now that you have a list of benefits from the big picture, it’s also important to find your personal “why”. This will help solidify your journaling process. This part happens when you pick up your pen and starting writing. Start with why and seize the day.
Journaler, Tyler Brondyk