Journaling for Optimal Health
Health care professionals have long praised the benefits that keeping a journal has on one’s mental health. And it can certainly be proven that journaling or recording one’s life experiences is an aid to self-development and self-awareness, since it records information about one’s innermost feelings and ideas. In addition, it can be helpful in keeping track of your health, including things like what triggers your migraine headaches, for example.
In fact, much has been written about the benefits of keeping a journal, including:
- Journaling helps clarify goals and dreams
- Journaling helps quiet the mind; it provides you with the ability to focus on anything you want
- Journaling provides you with “ME” time, time alone with yourself and your thoughts
- Journaling provides a private arena to say and feel whatever you wish
- Journaling provides a written account of where you’ve come from and where you’re going
- Journaling helps with stress reduction – things don’t seem to bother you as much once they are written down
- Journaling helps provide a written account of your personal history, something to look back on
- Journaling can be done any way you choose, daily, randomly, when the spirit moves you, whenever; there are no rules, no musts
- Journaling helps you speak what’s in your mind and in your heart
- Journaling is a form a self-expression
Many use the excuse, “I don’t have the time to journal!” Try it for a few minutes a day for a month. See how it makes you feel. Many people admit that they don’t know how they lived without their journals after a month’s time. It becomes a valuable resource, a pleasurable pastime, and a trusted friend to process situations and maintain our emotional balance.