[BYWG BLOG] Check Out the Health Benefits of Journaling ✍️

Have you ever kept a journal? 

Now is a great time to start!

 

We might associate the word journal or diary with teenage girls. Bringing to mind an image of a 14 year old with sparkly blue eye shadow and braces, ardently writing in her diary about how her life will be totally ruined if her crush doesn’t like her back. 

 

But the truth is, journaling is a truly beneficial activity for adults!  

 

Writing your thoughts and feelings, exploring your views and ideas, and spending private time to focus on your own experiences and how your mind processes those experiences is a valuable self care tool. 

 

There are also multiple health benefits to journaling!

 

  • Writing and processing your thoughts/feelings increases your emotional well-being and reduces stress.

In fact, studies have shown that journaling on a regular basis can lower blood pressure, increase liver function, and allow you to address challenges in a healthy and assertive way.  

 

  • Writing can act as a mood-booster and provide catharsis. 

Expressive writing also increases creativity and cognitive processing. 

 

  • Writing about your experiences and reflecting on your own thoughts increases your memory and activates your comprehension skills. 

In fact, studies have even shown that journaling significantly increases your overall emotional, physical, and mental health. 

 

Journaling a few days a week has been shown to have positive effects on your immune system. 

 

And frequently addressing your thoughts and feelings in a healthy, mindful way has a positive effect on your view of yourself, those around you and the world in general. 

 

Sitting down with a pen and paper and letting the words flow will put you more in tune with your thoughts and feelings. 

 

In fact, you might even learn a thing or two about YOU!

 

If you have never journaled, it may seem a little daunting to figure out what to write on that first page. You can write whatever pops into your head!

 

 Your experiences the past few days, something you are stressed about, something you are grateful for, etc. etc. 

 

If you need a little help to get started, there are tons of free writing prompts online.

Check out  https://psychcentral.com/blog/30-journaling-prompts-for-self-reflection-and-self-discovery/ for 30 journaling prompts for self reflection and self discovery. 

 

Have you ever kept a journal? If so, what is your favorite thing about journaling?