Journaling is a fairly popular activity for people around the world, involving writing and recording events and feelings in dedicated spaces.
Between work, school, family, and activities, you may not think you have any extra time to devote to a new hobby. But there are countless benefits to starting to journal, just six of which are listed below.
1.) It Allows You to Express Emotions
It can be hard to express emotions, especially difficult ones like sadness, anger, frustration, grief, and guilt. A journal is a private place to disclose emotional struggles, and it also allows writers to identify emotions. While they are swirling around in your head, it can be difficult to identify what you are feeling, and why you are feeling that way. Putting words down on paper helps you to physically see them. Writing in a journal can be therapeutic for people who are going through a rough patch.
2.) You Can Record Memories
Cameras aren’t the only way to record memorable moments. Writing in a journal soon after a happy memory helps you remember many of the little details that otherwise wouldn’t be captured on camera, or may fade from memory over time. When you flip back through your journal, whether that’s a week later or a year later, you can remember that moment. Scrapbooking is also a form of journaling that combines pictures, souvenirs, and written memories together.
3.) You Can Share Your Words in the Future
One of the great things about journaling is that once it’s down on paper, it’s there to stay unless you want otherwise. If you keep a journal during high school, you’ll have the ability to reference your thoughts, feelings, memories, and questions ten years in the future, and marvel at how much your life has changed. You can even share it with children and grandchildren if you so choose. This is especially easy as many people move their journaling online. Our devices and the information on them are so interconnected, that it is easy to see it wherever and whenever you want.
4.) It Allows You to Be Creative
Although traditionally, journaling has just been about writing in lined notebooks, the definition of the activity has expanded in recent years. As mentioned, scrapbooking is often considered a form of journaling, as it allows creators to combine writing down memories and eventful moments with photographs, lace, ribbon, and other crafty supplies. There is also the new form of bullet journaling, which is an exceptional way to be creative. You can use pens, markers, stickers, washi tape, and so many other things to keep yourself organized, happy, and creative. Bullet journaling is often used for lists, calendars, schedules, and charts, all with a colorful, fun twist on journaling.
5.) It Helps With Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are any skills that require the movement of small muscles in our fingers, hands, and wrists. The development of these skills comes from participating in activities that use these muscles often, such as coloring, cutting with scissors, and you guessed it, writing. The most traditional form of journaling is by writing in a journal. Writing makes you focus on forming letters and words, and since we write by using our hands, we are working those muscles that are so essential for fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are very important for many activities and various stages of life, so journaling can have physical health benefits as well as mental health benefits.
6.) It Allows You To Take Time For Yourself
As was said in the introduction, we live in a very busy world. We always seem to be rushing from activity to activity, trying to cram in assignments before their deadlines, and finding it hard to find a moment of peace. Journaling allows for a calming, peaceful escape to reflect on recent moments and feelings. Writing in a notebook or diary takes you away from screens that can sometimes be overstimulating and overwhelming. Journaling can provide that break in the day that many of us desperately need.
As technology continues to permeate many areas of our lives, don’t fall into the trap of drifting away from journaling and other forms of physical writing. There are many benefits to journaling that shouldn’t be overlooked and can be a huge help both physically and emotionally.