Turning a New Page: The Benefits of Journaling
For many of us, our ‘dear diary’ days are but a fond, vaguely embarrassing memory. As we mature, we abandon the practice of dishing our deepest thoughts, fears, dreams, crushes, and triumphs to the confidence of our journals. So why pick it back up? Evidence suggests that journaling in adulthood (as in our adolescence) is a healthy way to process emotions, gain perspective, and track your emotional progress.
But that’s not to say that you have to journal the same way as you did when you were a kid. There are tons of different ways to keep a personal journal. We’ve put together a guide to help you explore the benefits of journaling, learn how to journal, and experiment with simple prompts to get you started.
Understanding the Benefits of Journaling
Before we were too cool to journal, we were unknowingly enjoying a host of benefits from the practice. Journaling is not only a great way to sort out our feelings, but it can also be a meditative experience . It’s an act of release, a catharsis even, that has a profoundly positive effect on your mind and sense of well-being. Some of these benefits include:
- Enhancing memory and comprehension skills
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Helping to prioritize problems and work out solutions
- Tracking progress and pinpointing triggers for setbacks
- Increasing mindfulness
3 Methods of Journaling
Finding the type of journaling that works for you is important. If you’re not someone who can sit down and immediately pour out your feelings, that doesn’t mean you can’t journal. You may simply feel more comfortable with another form of the practice. Consider these 3 types of personal journals , then choose the best fit for you.
By making lists, you can bring a bit of organization to your day, rank priorities for the month, get clear on your goals, weigh pros and cons, and so much more. This form of journaling is great for those who want the benefits of journaling, but don’t enjoy writing.
The more you keep track of your intentions, the more likely you are to follow through with them. So not only should you write your intention down, but you’ll also want to keep track of your entire intention journey, noting your challenges and progress. Intention journaling helps you avoid pitfalls in the future and recognize the opportunities you need to strive for.
Just as it sounds, this practice is all about what comes to mind. Start writing whatever you’re thinking, whether it’s about a frustrating moment you had at work or simply that you can’t think of anything to write. As words flow from your pen, other thoughts will begin to bubble up. One thing leads to another, and this stream of consciousness can bring to light thoughts or issues you need to address.
Starting Your Personal Journal
Writer’s block happens to the best of us! If you need some help getting into the flow of writing, journal prompts will get you started. We created a journal full of prompts and inspiration for our Lunarly community and send it out in each customer’s first box. Don’t have a Lunarly journal or need additional inspiration? Use one of these icebreaker prompts for inspiration:
The highlight of my day was…
My emotional state would improve if I stopped…
I am grateful for…
I need to focus on…
Five ways I can be healthier are…
If I could talk to my younger self, I would tell them…
Five reasons I love myself are…
Ready to start journaling? Like most positive things in life, consistency is key. Keeping a regular or daily personal journal will stimulate more benefits and provide you with a log of your own growth that you can look back on with pride. You can do this!