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Why Keeping A Personal Journal Can Change Your Life

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Most people wake up every day and immediately check their mobile phones or email before getting out of bed. We’ve become so addicted to knowing what’s going on in the world and in other people’s lives that we have forgotten how to focus on ourselves first. Instead of constantly checking our social media or emails in the morning, why not detach yourself from your addiction by investing in a personal journal or diary?

Journaling has a wide range of benefits for your personal and professional life. It can help you gain a new perspective and can also help you to achieve daily goals and aspirations.

Here are 8 ways a personal diary can change your life:

Achieve Goals

As part of your morning routine, use your journal to create a daily to-do list. This is a great way to stay organised and motivate you throughout the day. When you read and re-write your goals daily, they’ll become imprinted in your memory making them easier to remember. In order to encourage yourself, try to add a few positive affirmations.

Daily Recovery

Evening/nightly journal sessions are a great way to review your day and to identify areas which need improving. Write down what you have achieved that day and what needs to be moved until tomorrow. It’s also great to add a list of positive things that you learned or experienced that day.

Stress Relief

From the moment you wake up until you go to sleep, we are busy dealing with other people and commuting from one place to another. Try to dedicate a few minutes each day to collect your thoughts in your journal as it can help facilitate problem-solving and can reduce the stress of negative thoughts and situations.

Decision Making

Journaling can improve your ability to make small or large decisions in your life. It can also help you learn from your mistakes and can reveal actions of how you got to where you are today.

Journal Therapy

Writing is known as the best form of therapy as it’s commonly used as an emotional release. So instead of spending time worrying about things which have happened, try to write them down in your journal and then forget about them.

Health & Fitness

Many people find it hard to stay fit and healthy as it can feel like an impossible task, so why not use your journal as a fitness guide to keep track of your progress? It’s a great way to look back six months later to see how much you’ve improved. It can also be used as a food diary amongst many other things.

Life Experiences

A journal is a great way to save memories and to reflect on all things in life including the negative experiences. Whether you have lost a job or a loved one, all your feelings will be recorded. So when you read previous pages in your journal, you can see things in a new light and fresh perspective. Figuring out these benefits of journaling can help increase creativity and to complete life goals.

Happiness & Confidence

Journaling is a wonderful confidence booster as we express our true being on paper which can strengthen you from the inside out. The more you write, the lighter and happier you will feel about what matters most. To further increase your happiness, try listing at least five things you are grateful for each day. Take time to appreciate what you have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have.

Words by Savannah Lloyd-Smith