Should I Journal?
Everywhere I turn lately, I feel as though I am reading about the benefits of journaling. It seems like everyone is doing it. They are talking about why you should and also “how to” journal. Honestly, my first thought was “Journaling?! Am I a 13 year old girl?!” and my second thought was “There are rules to journaling??? Don’t you just….journal?”
As you can probably guess by my original thoughts, I did not pick up a pen and start journaling immediately. Even though I have been invited to different journaling workshops and advised by friends to try it, I just politely thanked them and declined the offer. I knew it was a great outlet and helped with creativity but believed it was not for me. Some may say that I was avoiding it like the plague because I was avoiding my feelings….and that is specifically why I should do it. If this was the case, my avoidance was not intentional. The thought of it just did not bring me joy.
Once I started my business, many began asking if I had a blog and if not, then I should definitely start one. Knowing they were right, I put it on my to-do list to get to it when I had some free time, but we all know how that goes. Hint: It did not get started.
With the current situation of the world, I realized I now had the free time. Once I started blogging, I experienced an unexplained clarity and peace. I also had newfound energy, getting up early to write and getting excited at different ideas during the week. After a few blog posts, it hit me - blogging was my form of journaling. All that time I was avoiding it, and it still found a way to sneak into my life. I guess I did need it after all.
Let me be clear. I have not started “journaling”, in the common denotation of the word, though I feel the blog posts give me a creative outlet, similar to journaling. With a little research, I was informed of the many different categories of journaling.
Journaling can come in several different forms including but not limited to:
Bullet journaling including brief descriptions of memories, quick ideas, or daily or weekly goals
Compiling feelings and life events similar to a diary
Expressions of gratitude for objects, people, ideas, etc.
Gathering recipes or pictures of food
Regardless of the type of journaling, the benefits are evident once the process is started.
The benefits of Journaling include:
Strengthened immune system
After learning the different forms of journaling and experiencing the undeniable benefits of it, I am more open to the idea. As with everything else in my life, I believe you MUST put your own twist on it and make it “yours”. Whatever form calls to you, will be the most important one to follow. Start journaling and reaping all the benefits it has to offer!