Do you ever feel lost, not being able to take a step back from difficult situations, have feelings such as anger, sadness, or fear within you but cannot let go of them? If the answer is yes, journaling has been shown to help you manage your emotions and feel better in a number of ways.
Here are 5 proven benefits of journaling.
Strengthen the immune system
Writing daily is not only good for the mind but also for the body. One study has shown the beneficial effects of daily writing on the health of patients with serious illnesses. Interestingly putting your fears and anxiety on paper makes it easier to let go and reduce their impact on health.
Body and mind work in unison, so improved mental status is bound to have a positive impact on physical condition. However, to fully enjoy the benefits of writing, it is important to keep your journal mindful and with the goal of making progress - for example, you should not just describe your negative experiences without analyzing them or give them meaning.
Become more grateful and sleep better
Writing down your positive emotions and happy events in your life strengthens your sense of gratitude and make you more optimistic. Expressing your gratitude in writing can have incredibly beneficial effects on your well-being: a study has shown that this practice has the potential to improve sleep and effectively fight depression, fatigue, and insomnia!
Improve your memory
It has been proven that students who take notes absorb information much better than those who just listen, even attentively, without writing anything down. Handwriting actually stimulates a set of cells in the nervous system called the Reticular Activating System (RAS).
The RAS acts as a filter that spots what we are focused on (and therefore what is important to us) and then actively works to assimilate that information. Writing your experiences regularly in a journal allows you to remember important moments whose details might have been forgotten if they had not been written down, while also making our memory work effectively.
Be more creative
Keeping a journal and writing down what comes on your mind can allow you to discover facets of your personality that you never knew! Your journal is the place where you can be yourself without any fear of being disturbed: you can explore different ideas from new perspectives and let your creativity run wild without fear of being judged. Looking back, those few words tossed down in a moment of inspiration can teach you a lot about yourself.
Boost your communication skills
By journaling regularly, you learn to express yourself more and more clearly. Putting your thoughts in order by writing them down also improves your communication with others: you are better able to know exactly what you want and to express it clearly to those around you. And as we know, open and straightforward communication with others can resolve and even avoid many conflicts!