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Why Should I Journal
Journaling is something I believe in so I’m setting out to get as many people as I can to begin writing. You may be asking me, “Why should I journal?” Well, I’m glad you asked!
Why should you journal anyway? It seems like such a waste of time. I disagree for many reasons. There are many purposes for everyone to have a journal to write in. Journals can help you to keep your emotions in check. Take, for example, one of those really bad days when nothing seems to be going right. When you write it all out and then read it back to yourself, many times it will not seem as bad as it is. You really shouldn’t be crying. On the contrary, it could be proof that things are worse than you thought and now you know that you need help. Perhaps a good cry is warranted.
Weigh the Pros and Cons
In addition to keeping your emotions in check, writing in a journal can help you to weigh the pros and cons of an important decision. It’s easy to write out the good and the bad outcomes of whatever you need to decide. Looking at your crossroads from a different perspective can make the decision easier. It may also allow your brain to think of other aspects that perhaps you may not have seen had you just kept your thoughts in your head.
Once you’ve made your decisions and you’ve continued writing in your journal, you can always look back to see how far you’ve come. You’ll realize that you are not that crying mess that you once were. Rereading what you’ve written from months gone by can help you to see that you made good choices and that you are moving forward.
Often times we just need to “get it out”. Whatever “it” might be. It could be that we had a bad day at work and want to vent. You should never vent about your boss to coworkers. Likewise, you should never vent about your spouse to your friends. This is a passing emotion that could one day come back to haunt you. Writing it safely in your journal gives you time to process your emotions and to see that you just needed to get that thing off your chest.
Writing in a journal helps us to remember important things that happened. Perhaps you had an amazing 40th birthday party. You’re going to want to remember it forever. Write the details in your journal. Did one of your children win an award? Write it down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken the blame for something my brother did or how many times he got credit for one of my accomplishments. Had my mother written in a journal, perhaps she’d be able to keep our achievements straight.
Finally, writing in a journal can simply help us to think out loud; or in writing as it may be. It is not uncommon for me to catch myself talking out loud to no one but me. This is a good time to journal. It just means that I need expert advice for my life and who better to seek wise counsel from than myself?
Who Should Journal?
Everyone should journal and here is why.
Children and preteens may call it a diary. They like to write little stories, talk about who they like, and complain about how life isn’t fair. This is great for kids to have a safe place to air their grievances. It is also a safe place for them to sort out their feelings. They will one day revisit their writings and see how silly they all seem. It is also a great place for kids to dream. They can write out what they one day hope to accomplish and then begin the steps to making those dreams come true.
Teens must have a journal because they need to be able to sort out their emotions. Teenagers have emotions that change as often as the weather. This can be maddening for them. They should be able to write in a journal all those things that they love and hate. They should vent about their parents, teachers, and friends. Writing may also give them a new perspective on their life. They should be encouraged to write out the things they are grateful for in addition to their own thoughts and feelings. Teens have changing likes and dislikes so often that journaling may help to keep all that in check. They have dreams, goals, and desires. Journaling about those dreams may encourage teens to pursue them rather than wasting time with television or video games.
Journaling is a must for parents. Parents should be praying for their children daily and a journal is a great place to do so. Children of all ages can do funny, stupid, and amazing things. These should all be written down. Writing down your children’s accomplishments and seeing how generous, kind, and wonderful they are can really help to balance those days when they are not so generous.
Why should I journal letters to my children? Journaling letters to children can make a great gift for them later in life. Give them words of wisdom and tell them how proud you are. Remind them of the great things they’ve done. Writing letter journals to children will help them see that you really are proud of them even if you don’t say it as much as they would like.
All adults, whether you have children or not should be journaling. For all of the aforementioned reasons, adults need to set aside time every day to write. With so much to do in one day, it can be easy to forget, get lost, or just toss your hands in the air and give up. Keeping a journal helps to alleviate the stress of all that mess. It sorts it out for you. When you begin to write, thoughts come to mind that were never there before. This can be helpful when the daily grind gets to be too much. It can also help you to get off of the hamster wheel of life and move on to something bigger and better.
Another group of people that will benefit from journaling is senior citizens and anyone who is retired. This is a great way to pass your wisdom on to loved ones. Seniors have been through multitudes of challenges and successes. Writing them all down will ensure that memories last forever. In addition, journaling can help you remember who you talked to that day and when. Writing down the day’s events can be a reminder that you are not as alone as you think. It can also be a warning that perhaps you are alone and must do something about it. Get up and get going no matter how old you are.
Now that you know WHO should be journaling, it’s time to discuss what you should be journaling about. Here is a small list but really, there are no rules to journaling. A book is a safe place for you to write it out, no matter what “it” is.
- Letters to yourself
- Letters to children
- Letters to God
- Special events
- Good things
- Bad things
- Whatever you want
The how-to of journaling is the easy and fun part. Gather your pens, markers, pencils, or even crayons. Go to the books store and buy a fancy journal with a lock and key. Hit the Dollar Tree for a $1 spiral-bound notebook. Get my 31 Days to Change your Life Journal. It doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as it inspires you to write. You can even use your computer. How do you journal? You put words on paper. That’s it.
The time of day that you journal is really up to you. I like to journal in the morning when I’m fresh. The end of the day is a bad time for me because I’m tired and just want to sleep. However, it is entirely up to you.
Morning, noon, or night – just write.
There you have it. The answer to, Why Should I Journal. Stop saying why and just get to it.
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