The effectiveness and importance of journaling

”I am listening to Ojuelegba by Wizkid, I’m struggling to bring myself to do what I am supposed to do. Keep yawning and haven’t been getting enough rest” – Tuesday 17:41/ 23rd June, 2020

This was the first paragraph to my last diary entry, I then went on to say how I’d been. I always try to end my journal entries on a positive note because I usually start off expressing how I feel and unfortunately more than half of the time it’s negative emotions but the best part about journaling for me is once all negative emotion is released, I am left with calmness and peace of mind.

Keeping a journal helps you create order when your world feels like it’s in chaos. You get to know yourself by revealing your most private fears, thoughts, and feelings. Look at your writing time as personal relaxation time. It’s a time when you can de-stress and wind down.

University of Rochester (Medical centre)

One of my favourite YouTuber’s and film directors Matt D’Avella best known for his clear cut YouTube videos and has his own Netflix show made a video on journaling and the effectiveness of it. One thing he pointed out in the video was the size of his journal and how much better it is was for him to have a smaller journal. I too have a small journal and I find it easy to fill in as having a large one could be too much. I enjoy having something small to carry around with me everywhere I go. I don’t feel overwhelmed when writing and sometimes only fill it in half way which I’ve been okay with. 

Being consistent helps a whole lot, though it can be difficult even for me I try my hardest to write down something, anything, because I feel it helps a great deal but I don’t force myself to do it, I do it on my own terms, it isn’t an obligation but I do it to check in with myself. I feel very strongly about keeping in thoughts and emotions, especially the negative ones. I do not like it and very much disagree with it,what’s the point in that?

When it comes to journaling, unless you feel like sharing, no one needs to know what you have written down, it’s just you in your own world. It helps with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Achieving goals
  • Self declipine

There are various ways to journal, you can use apps my personal favourite is ”My W days”. I have been using this since 2013 and use it every now and then if I feel the need to express myself digitally. My much-prefered way of expressing myself, is pen to paper. It gives me clarity when I do this, I don’t care about spelling mistakes, I don’t sugarcoat it, I don’t edit anything. It’s just raw feelings and emotions, my thoughts and I. I understand myself better, I know myself better. I will be better. I feel better.

It all comes down to what you feel most comfortable with. Now you know more about journaling, what are your goals?

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