Trying something you’re curious about can spark your Creative Energy, which just happens to be our focus this month. If you’ve been interested in journaling and how something so simple can have a big impact on your life, we encourage you to take this month and try it out.
Journaling gives you a private way to get your thoughts on paper, which can help you organize your mind after a stressful day, and even help you make plans to be the person you want to become over time. Scientific studies about the writing process confirm that those who write regularly have better physical health, more control over their emotions, and a better ability to improve the quality of their lives overall.
In addition, many experts advocate journaling as an instrument of insight and change because:
• It’s inexpensive, convenient and easy to get started
Journaling offers a low barrier of entry—you can start anywhere with a pen and piece of paper (or purchase a journal), and practice it as often as you wish, even if you travel.
• It doesn’t take a lot of time
Write as much or as little as you want, although it’s better to limit your journaling time so that you have something to write about the next day.
• It focuses your mind
After a crazy day when your mind is racing, a journal gives you a place to organize your thoughts, and make sense of the day’s events. This can help calm you and help you make plans for any daunting situations in the coming days.
• It increases awareness and helps you grow
Simply writing out your thoughts may help you discover things about yourself that you didn’t realize. When you have these insights, you will be better able to put a plan in place to make any changes to improve your life.
Get started today
Read our tips for starting a journaling practice, and try your first journal entry today. Grab your closest notebook, journal or pad of paper (as well as your favorite pen—we all have one!), and begin writing without a plan for 10 minutes. No one will read or see what you do, so let yourself have fun with it, even adding sketches or doodles if you’d like.
If you find you’re enjoying journaling and would like to learn more about how it can make long-term positive changes in your life, read our Journaling Series from Dr. John Weaver.
Do you write in a journal regularly? If so, what benefits do you get from it?