When used beyond the recording of facts and incidents and venting journaling can be a powerful tool. It becomes even more potent when done consistently. Here are 10 benefits of regular journaling:
- Emotional awareness. Pinpoint, name, and describe your feelings to raise your emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
- Process your thoughts. Write to figure out what you believe.
- Discover where your language is empowering and where it’s not. Use your words as evidence of the way you think and speak and change them accordingly.
- New insights. Journaling creates space for new ways of seeing yourself and your world to arise.
- Keep an eye on your goals. Envision and describe your ideal situation or future–how it looks, sounds, smells, and feels–to put it closer to your reach.
- Relieve stress. Put your thoughts and feelings out there to take away some of their sting.
- Create new stories. Look to your writing to help you identify the stories you tell yourself. Then eliminate or change the ones that aren’t serving you.
- Choose your themes. Notice what repeatedly comes up, like gratitude or complaints, so you can decide which themes you want to maintain and which you don’t.
- Communicate with your Higher Self. Put yourself in touch with the most authentic and knowledgeable part of you through the meditative qualities of journaling.
- Celebrate your successes. Look at old entries and see how far you’ve come!
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