Mental health, Wellness

Why everyone should keep a journal and the different types of journaling

I am an avid fan of journaling; I go through an average of two or three journals a year. I always encourage friends to keep a journal and I thought why not write a post about it, I mean it is the age of self-care and maintaining our mental health.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank

Before I list the benefits I just want to clarify that there is no right or wrong way to journal as long as you capturing your thoughts. I would recommend however that you set a dedicated time and write it all out.

Benefits
  • Clears your head– Too often our minds are filled with all kinds of junk, writing it out not only declutters the mind but leaves space for constructive thoughts. Take journaling as a time for non-judgemental venting.
  • Reduces stress– When I feel a panic attack coming on, I write it down and try to figure out where all my angst is coming from. 99 % of the time this immediately lowers my stress levels.
  • Great for reflection– Ever so often I like to read up on my previous entries and I am always glad to see that what I thought was the end of the world kind of problem no longer matters. It’s a great reminder whatever I am going through currently is also not so bad.
  • Tracks progress– I also write my goals and my daily to do list and I am able to tick off all that I have achieved and track what’s keeping me stagnant.

There are many other reasons as to why journaling is good for your mental health but these are my personal top four. Perhaps you want to journal and you find the process of writing out all your thoughts too tedious don’t fear dear friend I have also included other popular forms of journaling.

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Classic journaling

This is the one that you used to start with dear diary and then progress to tell it everything like you are speaking to your best friend. This is the journaling style I use, Some days its pages worth of writing and others it’s a paragraph.

Dream Journal

This is a journal for people who have vivid dreams and feel like they could learn a lot from their dreams. Often dreams indicate what’s plaguing our subconscious its good to keep one next to your bed so that first thing when you wake up you write your dream before its all gone.

Bujo

Bullet journaling, an analog system created by Ryder Carroll, a Designer based in New York. In his words, the Bullet Journal is meant “to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.” I have a friend whose a poster child for bujo. What she enjoys is that she doesn’t have to write she can just bullet down things she has to do, draw some emoji or something creative that illustrates her mood or whatever takes her fancy that day. I think she finds bujo as less formal and has enough colour to keep her interest than regular writing.

Gratitude Journal

This journal is there to purely to record everything that you are grateful for. It’s great for days when things are not going as planned and you can look back and recount all the good. Also it’s great for your mindset it will help you look out for more things to be grateful for basically looking out for what you have rather than what you lack.

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