7 reasons to start a Journal

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Hi Lovelies!

Today is a special day. I have a treat for you! This weeks post will be by my first ever guest blogger Skye!

Making the decision to start keeping a journal is probably the smartest decision I’ve ever made. (Which doesn’t mean I make terrible decisions, I promise!) Journaling has SO many benefits, and there are so many good reasons to do it that a part of me doesn’t understand why everyone doesn’t do it! Journaling is this wonderful tool that has so many amazing purposes, and it truly fills your heart and soul. Today I want to share with you a few of the many benefits journaling has.

Journaling helps you clear your mind

Your journal is yours, and yours only. You can write anything you want in it, without ever having to worry about someone judging your thoughts. When you take every thought in your brain and dump it out in a way that you can come back to later without forgetting, analyze, problem solve, think etc. I can’t tell you how much clearer your mind feels! Your brain no longer has to keep everything inside of it. Everything is written down and you can come back to it anytime you want.

Journaling helps you see the big picture

Sometimes, we tend to focus on the little things. The day-to-day type things. When you journal consistently over a long period of time, it helps you get a much clearer picture of yourself, your life, your problems, and the people in your life. You can see how everything is changing (or remaining the same) page by page, week by week, month by month.

Journaling lets you see and document change and growth

Journaling over a period of time also helps you see the changes in your life, and in other people. I look back on old journal entries all the time. I’m taken back to that time. I can see how things used to be. I can see how they were a little while ago. And I can see where I’m at now. School is a great thing to journal about. Another great thing to journal about are friendships. Especially new, and broken ones. It can be really insightful to jot down your feelings and your interactions every day and notice how they change over the months.

One thing I’ve also done is documented my experience learning how to drive. Right now, I am gaining confidence and getting really good at it. But when I first started, I was terrified at thought of going more than 10mph. Now, it’s easy to go 35-45mph! And I almost forgot about it, and all my initial struggles, until I reread old journal entries!

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Journaling gives you a glimpse into the past

Journaling is also something I really like to do right after a really important/serious/deep conversation I have with someone. I write down EVERY word they said (that I can remember.) And then I go back to it later. There are so many important things that people say, and we forget a lot of them. When you have a written record, it’s a lot harder to forget. In the heat of the moment, we often say things we don’t mean, and then regret later. And sometimes the people we love the most, are the people we end up hurting the most, even if we never meant to.

Journaling can help you figure out how you really feel about someone or something, because it lets you reread your thought process from that moment, and lets you think about where you are now and compare the two. Some of my best memories are written down, and when I reread them, I  close my eyes, use my journal to remember every little detail, and it almost feels like I’m being taken back to that moment. I love going down memory lane. I cry rereading the fights, laugh rereading the jokes, and smile rereading the happy memories. Because I would NEVER be able to remember every little detail if I hadn’t written them all down.

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Journaling has proven health benefits

Did you know that journaling also has many proven healthy benefits? Studies have shown that journaling reduces stress, sparks your creativity, improves your self-confidence & communication skills, evokes mindfulness and even can stretch your IQ! So not only is it free therapy and great for your mental health, it also helps with your physical health!

Journaling is often used in medical settings as well! Patients with depression are often asked to journal to help them learn to see their negative vs. positive thoughts and see progress they’ve made with treatment. Patients with anxiety are often asked to journal about what they think might trigger their anxiety attacks. And patients with eating disorders are often asked to journal to help them identify and challenge unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs regarding food and weight, work on finding and practicing healthier coping mechanisms,  and improving their self-esteem.

It’s great to have to go back and reread years later

If you were to ask me what I could do for hours and hours and never get bored, I would without a doubt say rereading my old journal entries! There is nothing more time-consuming or thought-provoking than going back and rereading you journals. It gives you a chance to relive your past, laugh at your younger self, and all the crazy stuff you and your friends did! (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this!) To enjoy the parts that were good, and to learn from the parts that were hard.

It helps you remember every little detail, and helps you see what worked and what didn’t. Who was really there for your and who wasn’t. All these amazing little things from your life that I’m sure you would have forgotten about, are all written down in this safe place you can keep forever, and read weeks, months or even years later!

It teaches you self-discipline

Journaling consistently has taught me self-discipline that I don’t know I would have learned any other way. When you make a promise to yourself that you are going to journal every single day, you become self disciplined. You never skip a day. No matter how sick, tired, or how much your hand hurts. I’ve journaled from 12am-5:30am in the morning, and wouldn’t stop because I knew I wanted to write down everything that had happened down, and that by morning, I would forget some of the little details. I even journaled with headaches when all I wanted to do was sleep. I’ve journaled when I was sick. And I’ve journaled on the tile of a tiny hotel bathroom, because I refused to miss a single day. I’ve journaled through finals. And because journaling has taught me self-discipline, and how to consistently do something, even when I don’t always want to.

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Now what?

Okay, have I convinced you that you need to start keeping a journal? Great! I would recommend going to Target, or Walmart, picking out the most beautiful journal that catches your eye (don’t be afraid to spend a little more money for something nice, it will make you way more likely to use it if you love it!) and a package of pens (I always recommend journaling in ink, so that you can never erase anything. If you make a spelling mistake or something, just cross it out.)

Pick pens that A) You truly love the color(s) of, and B) Are comfortable to write with. Again, don’t be afraid to spend a little extra, this is an investment in your future happier self, and I promise its worth every penny! Start writing every day(I typically journal at night.) I’d recommend a page a day in the beginning and you can go from there! Make sure you journal every day if possible!

Do you keep a journal or have any questions or comments? Let me know in the comments below!

beyond my skye bio - simply 20 secondsHi there! My name is Skye, I’m a student at MU High, and I’m a lifestyle blogger over at Everything Beyond My Skye! I live in the midwest with my family. I love cats, quotes, pop music, Starbucks, card making, glitter, photography, craft projects, Harry Potter, knitting/crocheting, running my own Etsy business, and being a blogger! My favorite quote is “People will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel.” That, or the one about how you should judge a person’s character not by how they treat their loved ones, but by how they treat their enemies. I think those are great words, and I strive to live by them. If you liked this post and want and you want to check out my blog, you can do so at Everything Beyond My Skye 

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26 comments

  1. I think the main obstacle for many is thinking they need to be a writer to journal, or to write long pieces. I found it a lot easier to trust the process once I gave up on my preconceived ideas of what journaling looks like. In the end, journaling should be what you need it to be where you are right now.

    1. I agree. I tried journaling quite a few times,but I failed every time. Because writing is my ‘thing’ and it has to be perfect. But it doesn’t work like that.
      I stepped away from that and tried again with Skye’s reasons in mind. And try to write just for me.

    2. I completely agree with you! Many people feel they have to write every single day, or they have to write 3 pages each time they write, or they can’t ever share their writing! None of these are true! Journaling should be what you want it to be! If you want to write 6 pages one day, and 1 the next, that’s great! If you want to draw/paint/add stickers, that’s awesome! If you want to skip a few days and come back, you should do that! Journaling is there to help you. It’s fully customizable, and you should do what works for you! Thanks for reading Fabiana!

    1. I think it would help indeed! I like to journal in the morning because sleep processes your thoughts and it gives me insights I didn’t have the night before.

    2. I always journal at night! It’s the perfect thing to help me wind down, and everything is still fresh in my mind. This way my mind is clearer, and I have a much easier time sleeping restfully!

    1. I totally get it. I find it difficult to journal every day and when it’s to busy I forget it. A couple weeks/months later I try again :p

    2. Totally girl! Don’t try to force yourself to journal every day or even every week if you can’t manage it! Just journal whenever you have the time, and yes! Rereading it is a treasure like no other!

  2. I love keeping a journal and have since I was 7 years old! I still have my first journal, which has a teddy bear on it holding balloons. Over the years, writing in a journal has helped me through some really tough times.

    1. I have only one journal from when I was young, and when I think about it it sad that I can’t reread my memories. And I’m glad to hear that writing helps you!! x

    2. That’s so awesome that you’ve been doing it since you were 7! I wish I had! And yes, journaling is a great way to get through hard times! Thanks for reading Cole!

  3. I have really wanted to start journaling…and have fresh, new notebooks all ready to go. Right now my husband, me, and my two littlest ones live in one room so it just feels weird to journal with everyone smushed in together. When our house is completed, I’ll have more private time… I can’t wait!!

    1. Journaling is something personal, completely your own. And writing when other people are around makes it a less ‘me-time’. I hope you’ll have fun journaling when the time comes!

    2. That sounds awesome! If you wanted to start now, maybe you could try visiting a library and journaling there? If not, enjoy journaling when you can! Thanks for reading Michelle!

  4. This was great encouragement to start journaling again! I know that I always feel better when I am consistently writing but it is so easy to get off track and not pick up again (it has really been years). I have been considering starting up again and love that I came across your post!

    1. It’s hard to make it a habbit! I’ve restarted multiple times myself. I started again now because of Skye’s post!

    2. Girl, I feel you! And I can’t even begin to tell you how many times i’ve gotten off track! But keep going if you can, and I encourage you to journal as often as you have time! It really is time well spent. I really hope you start again! Let me know if you need any more tips/advice! Thanks for reading Rachael!

  5. I love this, I think everyone should start a journal. It’s a wonderful way to document, to search our inner selves and to sometimes put our heads straight. You have made some great points

  6. You had many compelling reasons to start journaling! Your writing was well-thought out and put together. Great work! Also thanks for introducing us to your friend Skye. I’m so glad I stopped by! πŸ™‚

  7. This is great! I wish I was more consistent at journaling. My most favorite part is going back and re-reading what was going on in life during that time. I have started a Journal Of Keeps for my husband. I just jot down little things, traits, characteristics about him that I notice and appreciate.

  8. I’ve been wanting to start a bullet journal instead of scheduling dates in a planner! I want to be able to look back and know how I honestly felt, what the weather was like, where we ate! All the silly little things.

  9. I love looking back on my past journals. It really is a great way to look back & see your change/growth. Loved this post!

    Stephanie
    lifestylebystephanie.com

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