Journaling – welcome to a happier you!

Category: Article or Blog Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 Written by Sarah PJ White

Journaling is often seen as simply writing down what you’ve achieved or seen throughout your day. But, if it’s done right, it’s so much more than a summary of your day – journaling can help you come to terms with events and situations in your life, to get clarity and to clear negative, stuck emotions – leading to a happier, more positive you!

What does journaling do for you?

The act of writing uses the left side, or analytical and rational part, of your brain. This leaves the right, creative, intuitive and emotional side, to do what it does best – create, make links and unravel emotions. This makes journaling the perfect way to increase these right-side traits.

Journaling therefore helps you to clear any mental blocks you have, around events and situations you have been in, whilst also freeing blocks in your creativity and intuition.

The importance of clearing thoughts and emotions

Journaling helps you make sense of the thoughts in your head. It unravels them and enables you to better understand the attached feelings and emotions you have linked to them.

Bottled up emotions are never a good idea, but we are notoriously bad at letting them out. Writing enables you to gently take the lid off them, to clarify what those emotions are and to acknowledge and let them go in a safe, constructive way. This will help you feel calmer, more centred and less stressed.

Defuse and resolve

If you’re currently experiencing a disagreement with someone or have a problem you want to solve, journaling can help. As mentioned earlier, it frees the right-side of your brain – and this is the side that can work through problems and possibly come up with a solution. It also helps you to understand the other side of the argument, potentially defusing those disagreements and arguments.

So how do you correctly use a journal?

When it comes to writing in your journal, you need to be honest with yourself – and be prepared to dig deep. You could skim over your day’s events, but you won’t reap the benefits. Don’t be afraid to write about your feelings, thoughts and moods.

Set aside 5-10 minutes each morning to write in your journal – either first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

Don’t censor your writing. Write quickly and don’t edit it as you along – just go for fast and forget about spelling and punctuation.

Finally, remember there are no rules! You could pick a theme for the day (such as anger or emotion) or just go with the flow – there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way – just get it down on paper.

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