I don’t think it’s a secret that I love to write. There would be little point in blogging if I didn’t! Yet we can often overlook the benefits of writing.
This blog post focuses on the benefits that can be gained from journaling and if you fancy giving it a whirl, my image below contains 35 free journal prompts to help you get going.
Better Physical Health
Research has shown that writing about positive experiences can improve your physical health. It is thought that it strengthens the immune cells that fight off illness. Whilst writing regularly about positive experiences might leave you feeling as if you will run out of material, you can also write about imagined experiences as well. Your imagination is the only limit!
Get the imagination going by thinking about something wonderful you would love to happen or experience and write about it in great detail. Make that writing intense so you feel the emotion of it and know that you are improving your physical health too.
There is something about the power of the pen. Many of you will have goals you want to achieve and things that you want to do and will keep them stored away in your brain. Writing them down makes you 50% more likely to achieve them!
Therefore, make sure you journal around your goals. It will bring them into focus and keep them in mind. Plus, it can make them seem more real and achievable so you are more likely to take action towards them. It can even help you to work through and solve any problems that are standing in your way.
Want to achieve something? Give yourself the best chance by writing about it!
Improved Mental Wellbeing
Journaling can improve your mental health in a number of ways. Firstly, we sometimes need to just get everything out and spill our emotions on to the page. Unloading in this way can be all that is needed for some. For others looking back over their writing can help them gain some perspective and distance, allowing them to see more clearly.
If you continue to ask yourself questions about the situation you’ve written about, it can help you understand it better and find solutions to move forward.
Journaling will often bring subconscious negative thoughts to the surface and you can then continue the journaling process, changing these negative thoughts around into positive ones. For example, rather than saying, “money is just stressful”, you could instead start writing, “money gives me freedom to do the things I love”. Or, “I might mess up my presentation” can change to “The practise I do will ensure I deliver a perfect presentation”.
There is no right or wrong way of doing journaling and it can be a very personal experience. Get a notepad, pick up a pen and give it a whirl. Use the prompts and find out what works best for you. Let me know in the comments how journaling has benefited you.