5 Reasons Why You Should Keep a Journal

By Laura Green

The revamp of journaling has become an inspiring trend spouting many blogs, Instagram accounts and a flurry of budding writers all sharing the benefits of this wonderful craft. Here a are five of the many benefits you can gain from journaling.

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-12-30-28-pmFirst and foremost, journals can be one of the most intimate records of your life. Like a photo, a journal gives you a permanent snapshot of your life that you’ll always be able to look back on. Save all your journals and in years to come you can delve nostalgically into the past.

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-12-30-38-pmJournals are amazing ways to keep track of everyday life, to-do lists, and hobbies or interests that you want to maintain, while still retaining the freedom  to write personal accounts or anecdotes of your life’s day-to-day experiences.

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-12-30-48-pmI’ve found that journals are one of the greatest tools to work through difficult issues or process different thoughts. Whether it’s frustration, anger, sadness, worry or even joy that’s causing you confusion, writing down your thoughts can be greatly beneficial in guiding introspective understanding and inner peace.

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-12-30-58-pmMore of a creative type? Give your journal a personal touch by making it yourself, gluing in pictures or sketching your thoughts and feelings. Journals are incredible ways of developing your craft and you can follow your growth through each page.

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-12-31-07-pmAll of us have one hobby, goal, or interest that we’d like to take to the next level; use your journal to keep track of your progress. Looking back over the weeks, months, or years you can track how much you’ve achieved. The hindsight will provide you with a more of an objective perspective to understand what doesn’t work, while reminding you of the achievements you can be proud of.

Of course, evidence has shown that putting pen to paper has many more beneficial aspects in regards to mental stimulation and wellbeing, so go grab a cute notebook, some colourful pens, and get writing!

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Images via Tumblr: Journaling and Snail Mail

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