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Have you ever thought about recording your thoughts to aid in the future? Writing in a journal can be an excellent way to do that. People have been keeping journals for over one thousand years, and it’s part of why we know anything about the past. Each person’s experience can vary so much that nearly anything left behind could be enlightening, but these days with the internet, journaling has become a far more private activity. Here are some things to think about in terms of journaling daily and having it help your happiness.
It Helps You to Work Things Out
Keeping a journal can help you to problem solve. When you can read your words back to yourself, it becomes much easier to see what kinds of things are usually obstacles. This is especially true of relationships with others. Sometimes it takes a period of time to reflect on the events that have occurred, and a journal can help you to preserve all of your thoughts about feelings about a situation so that you don’t have to rely on the distortions of memory. This will help you to make meaningful and unbiased changes to your attitude if it’s necessary.
You Can Organize Ideas
When you write things down, it gives you a visual representation of how they can be organized.
If you have goals or tasks that need to be performed, you can see the order of priority that each task takes, and be able to focus on which ones demand the most attention. For example, seeing when you need to pay bills can remove a lot of stress from your life. If you don’t know when a bill has to be paid and you’re low on funds, then it’s possible that you could be wasting stress and brain power on a bill that might not have to be paid until a week later after you’ve been paid.
You Can See How Far You’ve Come
When you have a record of where you were, it allows you to see how much progress you’ve truly had to date. Being able to recognize your own progress has a profound effect on the way that we feel about ourselves and our motivation. When you lose track of how far you’ve come, and moment of depression and angst can make it seem like you’ve never accomplished anything, and you will begin to feel like you won’t ever see a day where you will succeed. Take the time to keep track of where you started. It can help you gain perspective on what is happening at the moment.
Use it for Gratitude
It is well known that writing down just 3 items each day that you are grateful for can help to turn things from the negative to a positive. When we dwell on the good, the not so good doesn’t seem as bad. It can change our perspective and our attitude. See if starting your day being grateful for 3 items can help you put a different spin on your day. Don’t have time in the morning? Try a before bedtime gratitude time for something that happened that day.
Use it to De-Stress Before Bed
Sometimes our mind is racing with all that we did during the day or what will still need to do. That can lead to less than restful sleep. Try doing a brain dump to put your thoughts on paper and see if you rest better at night. If you awaken at night with your mind thinking a million miles an hour, take a few moments to write down your concerns so you can get back to sleep.
You don’t have to have a fancy notebook to start your journal. There are lots of choices and ideas that you can get started with. If you struggle to know what to write, just do a quick internet search for journal prompts. There are plenty to get you started. You can keep your journal plain or decorate it. It is all up to you.
So when will you get started?