OK, this is a longish post, but, I think, worth it. So grab a cuppa and snuggle in for some reading. I hope you enjoy.
It seems everyone (including me) is obsessed with bullet journaling (BuJo), which really isn't journaling at all. It's a method of time management and planning developed by Rider Carroll. But more about that in another post. What I want to write about today is personal journaling. First of all, what exactly is personal journaling?
One definition I found online “a personal journal is a record of your observations, feelings, and reflections on your experiences.” Here's the link to that article. Well, you might be thinking, how does that differ from a diary? Think of it like this — in a diary you basically record the happenings of your day. And in a journal you may record the happenings of the day but you also record your feelings, emotions, and reactions to those happenings.
So why would you want to journal? Well there are as many reasons as there are grains of sand on the beach. But there are some main reasons such as wisdom, stress reduction, personal growth, to chronicle your life, and healing. For a more complete list check out appleseeds.org. Let's look at these five reasons to journal.
Personal Growth — your journal allows for complete freedom of expression. You don’t have to filter your thoughts or reactions for family or friends. You don’t have to be politically correct. Journaling helps you develop your self confidence in your thoughts and ideas. Journals are a great place for spiritual exploration and development. The journaling process can help you clarify what you want your life to be. It's a great place to work on your personal goals and the steps you have to take to achieve them.
Healing — Sometimes we need to heal from something that happened to us. Writing about it will help work through the emotions surrounding this area. As we write about it, we can delve even deeper into our feelings and emotions to try to understand what happened and how to move on. Of course, seeking professional help to work through our issues and hurts is a great way to heal. I’ve had counseling in the past, and it really did help me to understand what happened, my role in what happened and developing a strategy to move forward. And my journal was along for the ride and really helped in this process.
Chronicle Your Life Story — life happens in the day to day activities. By journaling every day, you capture your life as it is unfolding. You’ll have a record of your personal story as well as your family’s. You will treasure this life story. As we live longer, (wink, wink) the details start sliding out of our memories. By keeping a journal, you will have a record of important events as well as day to day activities and your thoughts and moods.
According to Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP, in her article, The Health Benefits of Journaling,
“The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.” Pretty cool huh? You can read the entire article here
If you want something to get you started go to pageflutter and check out:
30 DAYS OF EMPOWERED JOURNALING
GIVE YOURSELF THE POWER TO BE YOU
This is a guest blog by Elizabeth who is usually over at jihielephant.com,
Now that you are already to go, I have three words to say: JUST DO IT!
Thanks for stopping by & happy journaling,