I’ve been journalling off and on for several years now. I enjoy it because it gives me an outlet to vent, brainstorm, and blow off steam without divulging a thing to others. It’s a private yet great way to write whatever I want, whenever I want.
But what I didn’t know is that journalling brings about plenty of benefits. It’s true! There are plenty of benefits of journalling that you may not have even realized. That’s why I’m going to share just some of them today so that if you’re not into journalling right now, perhaps this will change your mind.
1. It can spark your creativity
If you’re a writer like myself, journalling is a good way to stir up some new ideas. This is especially helpful if you’re currently struggling with writer’s block on your WIP. It helps bring out ideas and thoughts from even the darkest recesses of your mind. So if you’re looking to conjure up more ideas, journalling in the morning for even a few minutes is a great tactic to improve your creativity on a regular basis.
2. It can improve your mental health
One of the more popular reasons people journal is to help their mental health. As I mentioned before, journalling is known to give people a chance to vent in private. If you’ve been through a difficult life event- a break-up, death of a loved one, school troubles, etc.- journalling gives you a place to get your feelings off your chest. It’s a great way to express your feelings without bottling them up, which is a dangerous thing to do.
3. It helps with self-discipline
Finding the time to write in your journal- even for just five minutes- requires consistency. It’s a habit that most people want to keep up with. If you’re looking to improve your self-discipline, keeping a journal is a great way to do exactly that. It can be difficult to develop a new habit out of self-discipline. But with some time and effort, you can develop better self-discipline while picking up the habit of journalling.
Journalling offers many more benefits, but these are the biggest, and arguably the most popular. It can help your creativity, mental health, and self-discipline- and that’s truly the tip of the iceberg! So if you haven’t given journalling an honest try yet, maybe you should now.