Well hello there! It’s me, positive affirmations believer, overcoming achiever, Amazing Alex! When I say achiever, just know that part is continuously a goal that I strive to obtain but what does it truly mean to achieve? Is it a feeling or an action? Perhaps it’s an experience? In my opinion its all three. Something amazing happens when you accomplish something that you always wanted to achieve; it refers to attaining a desire aimed to help you become successful. The feelings that occur after you achieved your desired goal is completely determined by you. The feelings I felt when I decided to journal all seem to bring me comfort, understanding, and closure. Yet, I felt this feeling of accomplishment because I’ve personally experienced the benefits of journaling.
Over the past few weeks of journaling, I have felt feelings of happiness, frustration, admiration, determination, and most importantly, I’ve felt a new awareness about myself. Imagine for a second, writing about your fears, your strength, and your goals. How amazing is that?! You can literally have a conversation with yourself by journaling; give yourself a pep talk or help yourself process a situation. There are several benefits of journaling:
- Enhance sense of well-being
- Boost your mood
- Reduce stress
- Help process difficult events
- Help shift a negative mindset
- Decrease symptoms of depression
There are 6 amazing tips that I would like to share with you to help you get the most out of journaling:
- Find a private place in your house that is free of distractions. Set a timer for how long you would like to write, whether its five minutes or fifteen minutes, the amount of time is up to you.
- Make journaling apart of your schedule. There are twenty-four hours in a day and seven days a week. Strive to write at least four times a week or at least once a day.
- A lot can happen once your pen hits the paper, or your fingertips began to make a steady beat as you type. Whichever way you decide to journal is up to you. All I ask, is after you journal, give yourself time to reflect what you have written.
- What in the heck should I write about? Try journaling exactly what you are feeling in the moment. If you are still having a hard time deciding what to journal, well, think about what’s going on in your life, goals, or thoughts. Give yourself time to reflect on what you would like to journal about. If your mind starts to wonder while you are journaling, pause. Make sure you pause, reread what you’ve written down and re-focus before you start to write again.
- Write in anyway that feels best to you. You have the power to structure your writing the way you want it to be.
- Privacy! Privacy! Privacy! Your journal is for your eyes only. Not your family or friends, just you.
Have you ever journaled before, and if so, what was your experience like?