The benefits of journal writing are fairly well established due to the long history of the works. From Anne Frank to Di Vinci, journaling has proven itself.
When considering whether or not to start a regular journaling regime there are a few things you should know about the overall benefits journaling can bring to you. First, I would like to point out that there is no age limit to using journals. There are distinct benefits for children of all ages, but journal writing is equally valuable to adults. The reason for this is journal writing is an act of personal reflection. Whether it is a teenager reflecting on the awkwardness of high school or a stressed parent taking twenty minutes a night to write about there day it is equally beneficial. My point is that everyone can benefit from stepping back from their life for a few moments and reflecting on things.
Journal writing provides you with an anchor in your daily life and an ability to see things from an outside point of view when re-read. In your journal, you are free to write what you want without restrictions, to truly address the issues in your life without fear of criticism. Put another way, one of the benefits of journal writing is it acts as a self-help psychiatrist without the pricey bill and long wait in the stuffy waiting room.
As you write in your journal over time, youll also start to ascertain a second benefit to doing so. This benefit is one of self-criticism. Inevitably, youll read through past entries and review your life. Doing so will lead you to self-reflection as well as thoughts on how you might act differently should certain situations rise again.
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Journal writing allows you to blow off steam. Think about a time in your life when you were extremely frustrated and you spoke to a friend to get things off your chest. I’m sure you felt a lot better afterwards. Right? Journaling is as effective as telling a friend about your frustrating situations. With a journal however, you don’t have to worry about loose lips of the listening ear. Plus, your journal is available to you 24/7 whereas someone to talk to may not be.
There are other benefits to journal writing, but all boil down to one simple fact. Writing in a journal allows you to express yourself without being judged. With the lack of privacy in our modern world that is hardly a benefit to take for granted.