Keeping a Journal Could Change Your Life

Hi beautiful friends! I hope you are enjoying the first full week of February! This is the second blog post for the month and it is one that I am just over the moon excited to write about and share with you all! It is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and it’s about time I blog about it!

Keeping a Journal Could Change Your Life

Way back when I was still in therapy (2013/2014), my therapist suggested journaling, and to be honest all I could do was roll my eyes. To me I felt like everyone was told that and I didn’t want to be just another patient to my therapist. So, after getting over my ego, I decided to start journaling when I felt “ready”. And I say ready like that because my life seemed like it was falling apart at the seams and I went to journaling as a last resort. I remember it was November 2014. I didn’t have a plan, I just opened up my blue journal and started writing whatever it was that was on my mind. After that I probably opened it up only 2-3 more times until 2016.

At this point I really wanted to start journaling. It was a period of my life where big changes were happening, and I was diving deeper into my true self. However, I made it a chore and despised it. I started setting the days and times when I should journal and what I should be journaling about, etc. Basically, I was doing it allllll wrong.

Fast forward to today, February 2018, I journal almost every single day. And I do it because I want to, because I crave it, and because I love it! I have come a long way from when I first started, and I have such an appreciation for journaling because it has changed my life (along with many other mindful practices). I am about half way through my third journal and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon!

Why am I wanting to blog about journaling? I don’t think it gets enough credit. Not only does it not get enough attention, I think people are often intimidated by it. I mean, I totally understand why! Putting your thoughts, goals, dreams, and desires on paper in front of you makes them real and that can sometimes be hard to face. But I want you to know that it’s okay and I am here to help ease your mind.

So, where do you start? Grab a notebook (whether you already have one or you go out and buy one it is up to you- you can literally use anything to write on), grab a pen or pencil, and write! It’s THAT simple! The hardest part is starting and once you do that it’s all about making it a habit!

What I love about journaling is there is no right or wrong way. It is totally personal and is unique to the individual. You can take your journal anywhere and write about anything. If you ask me, that’s pretty damn cool.

Benefits of Journaling

It gets your thoughts out and on something tangible. Did you ever have so many thoughts bouncing around in your head that it left you anxious? Whether it was a big decision you had to make, your to-do list, or stress from the work day. Taking a few minutes to put your thoughts onto paper can make all the difference. It makes them seem less jumbled, can help you concentrate, and really put things into perspective.

It is a gift to your future self. In 6 months, or a year from now, you can look back in your journal and see how far you’ve come. It holds all your memories, thoughts, and ideas and it really is a wonderful thing to reflect back on years later.

It offers you self-insight. How magical it is to learn about yourself through the habit of journaling. When you put your thoughts down on paper, they become more “real” and it makes it easier to analyze what you are thinking. Reading your thoughts can allow some major shifts to happen within yourself.

It encourages positive thinking. This is a given but gets overlooked. When we write down what is on our minds we are releasing stress. When we release stress, we are much happier.

It holds you accountable. Maybe you just started a fitness journey, or you set some new intentions for yourself. Journaling and reflecting on your goals holds you accountable because when you make strides toward that goal you have something to show for it.

Do you journal? Or are you interested in giving it a shot? I hope this post and my tips helped! Be on the look-out for a future post with writing prompts to help enhance your journaling experience!

Share your thoughts with me! Comment below or head to my Instagram page (@iamdevonjade)!

XOXO,

D.J.

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