26 Nov The Benefits of a Mindful Journaling Practice
My previous article Creating a Fulfilling Journaling Practice explored what is involved with journaling and how to make the most out of your practice. In this article I detail the specific benefits of journaling – you’ll be surprised how many there are!
- Increased awareness – I strongly believe that getting our thoughts onto paper helps us realise what is going on for us at a specific point in our lives. In allows us to open up to ourselves and learn more about what is really going on deep down, helping tune in to our inner needs and desires.
- Enhanced mood – journaling can improve mood and give a greater sense of emotional well-being and happiness. It enables us to recognise any fears or concerns that we may have and prioritise these so that we are better mentally equipped to deal with them moving forward.
- Sharpened memory – journaling can improve memory capacity and comprehension which may in turn improve cognitive processing.
- Helps with gratitude – journaling allows us to be thankful for the positives in our lives and enables us to focus on what is important to each of us as individuals. This leads to positive self-talk and being mindful of our negative thoughts, in turn helping us to deal with these by keeping perspective.
- Reduced stress – Too much stress can be damaging to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Getting our thoughts down on paper can be an effective way of clearing our mind allowing us to manage stressful experiences. Establishing a journaling routine can also have a meditative effect, especially if done first thing in the morning or at bedtime.
- Boosted immunity – expressing ourselves through writing can boost immune system functioning by strengthening immune cells. Studies have also suggested that it might lessen symptoms of asthma and arthritis and
- More organised thoughts – When we express our thoughts by writing them down we can often notice patterns or trends. It helps us notice unhealthy patters in our thoughts and behaviours enabling us to change these over time. In addition, journaling allows us to recognise those things that trigger us without us realising which in turn enables to learn better way to control them, and, if necessary make changes in our lives.
- Helpful post trauma – writing is said to enhance our mental health by guiding us towards confronting previous experiences which may be lingering and which we may be struggling to move on from. Writing things down helps our mind process difficult events and create a changed narrative about such experiences.
It has been said that writing is a form of medicine and a way of paying attention to what is going on inside of us. It is only once we start our journaling practice that we can truly understand the ways in which it nourishes our soul and enriches our life. So what are you waiting for?!