What is journaling and why is it good for you?
Aug 22, 2023
Journaling or Personal Diary is the act of expressing deep thoughts through words that are written on paper.
Journaling is a mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that helps you deal with difficulties and uncertainties as it brings clarity and awareness. In the Journaling process you identify negative thoughts, giving you the power to cultivate positive ones and discover parts of yourself.
There is no rule to start doing journaling. The important thing is to be consistent and make it a habit, so find the best time or place that works for you and just start writing without judgment, without thinking too much and with total freedom!
Benefits of doing Journaling
Calm the mind: there is something calming about writing your thoughts in a journal as you release and let them go. By doing this, you unconsciously reinforce healthier attitudes.
Self discovery: By writing every day in your personal journal, perhaps you will discover patterns and better understand your triggers and emotions.
Progress in transitions: We all go through difficult periods and it is in these challenging moments that journaling can help us transcend and establish change.
Reduces depression and anxiety: Many people have felt a notable improvement in their feelings of anxiety or depression when they write their personal journal, probably due to the fact that journaling connects you with yourself and opens up new spaces for healing.
Increases brain power: Writing freely energizes your cognitive capacity, recharges your batteries and stimulates your creative side.
Types of Journaling
Now that we know that Journaling is good for mental and emotional health, we are going to see what types of Personal Diary are more suitable for you, although this can vary and can be combined, as you feel or want. As we have said before, consistency is more important than form.
As soon as you get up, you write the first thing that comes to mind, as it comes and without thinking. It is recommended to fill 2 to 3 pages.
If you are trying to adopt more positive attitudes in your life, you may choose to write down the things you are grateful for. Maybe at the end of the day it's a good time.
This method is interesting to identify cyclical patterns, for example in the female lunar cycle.
Think of a word that defines how you feel that day and write down the date and after a few months you might be surprised at the matches you find.
It is about opting for a more visual way of expressing your feelings, either through photographs, music or with your own art (through paints, pencils, colors, shapes) being important not to analyze or premeditate too much.
We hope that this post has helped you to better understand what the Journaling technique is (and that in Spanish it would mean Personal Diary) and that now that you know the healing power it has, you are encouraged to incorporate it into your day to day!