Surprising Benefits You'll Get From Keeping a Journal

Well, journaling is no longer old-fashioned, or just for folks of a certain older-and-wiser age. It’s something you need to do — now. Yep, it’s true. Journaling does more than just help you record your memories or find self-expression. It’s good for your health - mental health!

Keep reading because I’m sharing my top 9 reasons why you should be starting a journal today

1. Keep your thoughts organized.

Diaries help us to organize our thoughts and make them apprehensible. You can record daily events, thoughts and feelings about certain experiences or opinions.

2. Boost your memory.

Your brain is likely to store information that you have written down in your diary. Your brain will make stronger connections with the information you have learnt after you write them down in a diary, making it easier for you to recall in the future too!

3. Inspire creativity.

Writing a journal is a great way to unleash your creativity. Everyone has the potential to be creative, just that most of us haven't discovered it yet. Your journal is the best place to start exploring your inner creativity. Write down anything that comes to your mind. Let your imaginations run wild and record it in Journey.

4. Improve your writing.

Journaling helps you to train your writing. If you want to practice or improve on your writing, the best thing to do is to start a journal. You may not have the perfect topic. All you need to do is to start writing your thoughts pr maybe a memory —The more you write, the more your writing improves.

5. Relieve stress.

Writing down your feelings helps you to "brain-dump" your anxieties, frustrations and pains on a journal. This can help you to reduce and release any stress which you have accumulated overtime.

Expressing yourself in a diary is a good way to free up any tension that prevents you from feeling happy.

6. Allow yourself to self-reflect.

As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

7. Strengthen Your Self-Discipline

Setting time aside to write, whether morning or evening, is an act of discipline. And discipline begets discipline. Like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. And habits formed in one area of life have a tendency to spread; as keeping your office clean leads to keeping the bedroom tidy, your daily practice of writing will domino onto other healthy habits.

8. Healing

Expressive writing is a route to healing.

9. Set & achieve your goals.

A journal is a good place to write your goals, ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. By keeping them in a diary, you can monitor your progress and feel motivated to

continue to focus on your next milestone!