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Why Keeping A Journal Is Good For You
As the lockdown continues you may find yourself with extra time for reflection, journaling can be a great stress reliever through organising one's thoughts, clearing the mind, and facilitating problems.
Here are a few reasons why you could benefit from keeping a journal.
Habit-forming starting a journal will help you pass the time and mentally un-lock the day, bringing some peace to your mind to settle it before the end of the day.
Recording extraordinary events, something to look back on in years to come to see how you coped with this unprecedented time and to be able to compare in the future. This may be empowering to see how strong you were, or maybe you will learn something about yourself in this time that you can look back on.
A release of emotions that these circumstances are creating, far better to put it all down on paper than to release the negativity to those surrounding you as this will put added strain to the calmness of homelife.
Journaling is a way of practising gratitude when you may be feeling less than thankful. Writing down the things that you feel grateful for every day to stay positive. My family's good health, the support of great friends, the wonder of nature and the sunny skies, having food in the cupboard and not needing to venture out are my reasons to feel blessed.
Journals don't need to be solely for your thoughts and feelings but can be a place to put your list of to-do items before normality returns, or maybe to do once the lockdown is over. It not only gives you a place to keep them safe but also a reminder to motivate you to get them done.
Maybe writing song lyrics, a poem, starting a novel or to begin sketching is on your list of to do's, what better place than a beautiful journal to get your creativity flowing a place to work through your feelings and put them in order. Maybe this could be the start of something you can pursue in the future.
All you need is a paper and pen a way of getting back to basics, disengage yourself from the electrical gadgets and take time away from the constant stream of hubbub and information, there is no better excuse for starting your foray into journaling.