There are so many benefits to journaling-
Journaling can help us get our feelings outside of ourselves. In the same way saying our problems out loud (to ourselves or others) can help us formulate our thoughts and ideas about what we are struggling with, writing down our worries and feelings can have an organizing and settling effect on our brain.
Once we have written down what we're feeling, it's easier to work on finding solutions. Maybe the solution was just needing to feel, fully and unfiltered, what you were feeling. Maybe in the process of writing down all your anxieties you discover an action you can take to change what you don't like, or a different way of seeing or thinking about a situation. If you know you are struggling with depression, keeping a gratitude journal can be helpful.
Journaling has been show to reduce blood pressure, improve lung function, and improve liver function in addition to improving your sense of well being! There are so many positive benefits to journaling.
So, how does one start?
First, just start to free write. Don't filter yourself. Burn it later if you need to. It's not for your posterity and it's not an accounting of everything you did that day. No one will give you a grade on it or judge what you wrote.
Write down every thing you feel, but take care to not ruminate on the negative. There is a difference between fully accepting and feeling your emotions and rumination.
Keep a gratitude journal. If we want to see the world in a more positive way, we have to train our brains to look for the positive.
Write about what you want from the universe and then write about how it's already showing up for you. Like gratitude journaling, what we look for is what will manifest more for us in our lives.
Whether you’re struggling with self-compassion, grief, the state of your relationship, or just wanting to gain self-awareness, there are journal prompts out there waiting for you!