Everyone says they want to write a book some day. And you definitely should. But you don’t have to start writing a book. Did you know that keeping a journal can be a great activity for self-healing? There are so many positive ways that you can document your daily events, your thoughts, your emotions, and more. Here are a few reasons you should start writing in a journal today.
Writing in a Journal Gives You a Chance to Discover How You Really Feel
Let’s say you’re having a complicated day. Your emotions are running high, and there are a million different ways you feel about a big decision you have to make. When you do some free writing and allow yourself to think freely on the page, it will be easier to read it back and decide what you really want. It will be easier to see how you really feel.
Writing in a Journal Gives You a Place to Rant
Have you ever just been so irritated that you write a really angry e-mail and hit send only to realize that you shouldn’t have sent it? When you have a journal, you have a place to rant and get out all of your negative feelings without hitting send. Sometimes you write it all out and you just realize that you were being emotional and that you didn’t really mean half of what you said. You can save yourself from a heated and passionate correspondence that felt good in the moment but ultimately wasn’t smart.
Writing in a Journal Gives You a Place to Dream
When you are writing in your journal, you can write about what you really want out of life. You can write elegant visualizations about where you would like to be in five years, what kind of job you want, what kind of relationship you want.
There are a ton of reasons to start writing. Healing might just be a benefit you did not expect.