A popular method of recording thoughts about life events is journaling. But for some, the benefits may seem not worth the time. Let’s take a look at the advantages you may not have considered.
“Journal Writing Is A Voyage To The Interior.” Christina Baldwin
In keeping a history of events on paper or computer, there is a written record in which information from the past can be collected. Writing is self-expression. A study by Ullrich and Lutgendorf suggests “journaling about a personally experienced stressful or traumatic event may facilitate positive growth from the event.”
I began journaling as a busy mother of two. At first, my entries were only a few sentences scribbled in a spiral notebook. Gradually, I found I enjoyed writing something about my day. Inexpensive and colorful books for writing are plentiful in most stores. I bought a pink one and in a year’s time filled it full. With consistency, my content improved and became insightful and focused. Have you considered the benefits of journaling?
In keeping a history of events on paper or computer, there is a written record in which information from the past can be garnered. Writing is self-expression. In recording the events of the day and lessons learned, I can reflect on my life and make discoveries about myself and my actions.
• provides a timeline
• a record of answered prayers
• memories of special events
• helps in problem solving
• relieves stress
Remembering dates is not one of my strengths. Dates and events recorded as such can save be enormously helpful when the need arises for such history. When recording goals and successes, journal entries can help you track your progress. I recently joined a gym and I am journaling about my weight loss and energy level.
Journaling prayer requests and answers give a deeper appreciation of God. In times of discouragement, the record provides proof God is always at work. The reassurance keeps me from being fearful. Memories of how He used events to change me can serve as way to measure my spiritual growth.
A record of the day’s happenings refreshes the memory. It answers questions such as: How was I feeling? What was my reaction? Why did I feel that occurrence was necessary to record?
Reflection and Discovery
Michael Hyatt recommends asking 7 questions daily. I use : “Any disappointments”, and “What lessons did I learn?” These questions help me summarize my day and serve as a guide to help me understand myself and grow as a result.
Journaling can provide stress relief. Often the act of writing down a problem engages the mind to search for a solution. Playing quiet music in the background while writing your thoughts can be helpful.
The habit of journaling has become an important part of my day. Have you tried journaling? Do like it? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts.