• Lillian Murray

Why Journal? By Lillian Murray

Journaling can stimulate your ability to manifest your goals!

As you read and rewrite your daily goals, they will become imprinted into your subconscious mind. Eventually your vision, your dreams will preoccupy your inner dialog and become your physical reality.

Here are several powerful journaling benefits and how writing improves your mental and physical health.

Journaling improves your sense of gratitude.

Writing down your positive thoughts can boost your sense of gratitude. Focusing on all the good things in life makes you more optimistic and boosts your self-esteem.

Keeping a gratitude journal can have life-changing effects. Even just five minutes a day! I have a favorite daily journal that even prompts me and keeps track of the date.

Expressing gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and help you sleep better,

Journaling strengthens your immune system, yes please!

Journaling about your anxieties soothes your nerves and helps you brainstorm for solutions to your problems.

Long-term upset can increase your body’s level of stress hormones like cortisol, which weakens your immune system. So writing about painful experiences lowers your cortisol levels and allows you to heal quicker.

Journaling helps you sleep better and improve your mood the next day.

Who hasn’t tossed and turned into the night with thoughts of unfinished tasks or negative events circling in their mind?

Bedtime worry contributes significantly to people’s difficulty in falling asleep.

It helps to write a very specific to-do list for about 5 minutes at bedtime to help you sleep better. Writing about positive events before bedtime also helps, as it redirects your mind from dark thoughts that keep you up.

Writing down your fears lifts your spirits because you’re expressing your emotions instead of keeping them bottled up. It also puts things in perspective and makes you realize that no matter how bad things seem, there are solutions and things to be grateful for now.

Writing clears your mind of intrusive thoughts and problems that you can’t stop thinking about. It also helps you identify your triggers and learn how to handle them.

Personally this is my favorite time for journaling, along with a meditation. Sleep is your time to heal and let go!

Journaling reduces your stress and anxiety!

Journaling lets you work through your anxious feelings and obsessive worries before you slide into anticipation and stress. When you ask yourself how likely the worst-case scenario is, you gain a more realistic perspective on life.

Getting your thoughts down on paper helps you identify stress-inducing thoughts and beliefs that are distortions of reality.

Journaling helps you learn from your experiences and reflect.

When you journal and reflect on the day, you’re more likely to draw lessons from what you’ve gone through. In this digital age when you’re consuming massive news and information, journaling lets you step back and actively engage with ideas you’ve encountered. It connects you with complicated views when you’re able to express them into your own words.

Journaling improves your communication skills, a big one!

When you journal, you learn to better express yourself. It supports you to better communicate your feelings with others and become more self aware. Writing leads to clear thinking which can lead to clear communication.

Journaling can also benefit you in your relationships, where so many problems come from misunderstandings.

Journaling boosts your creativity!

Journaling lets you explore uncharted thoughts and emotions. Writing about your recurrent thoughts gets them out of the way and clears your mind to make room for other ideas.

Writing on paper also lets you examine your ideas from various perspectives.

Journaling helps you keep track of your ideas, inspirations, quotes and sketches. They may be just scribbles when they stand alone, but they add up to powerful insights over time.

A journal is a safe space for honesty that will free you from thinking about what you should be writing. It also frees you from endlessly comparing yourself to others.

Writing puts you into your own lane and boosts your self-esteem. It makes you less likely to worry about pleasing others.

Journaling is also great for brainstorming, dreaming out loud and just letting your mind wander.

Journaling can also be used to record your ideas and take notes on inspirations. These notes give you content to inspire your own work.

Journaling improves BE-ing mindful.

BEING in the present moment and aware of your surroundings, can be boosted through journaling. Writing about your surroundings and the present moment helps you become more mindful every day – even when you’re not journaling. It teaches you to pay attention and be present.

Being in the present moment lets you escape that endless cycle of fretting over the past or worrying about the future. You’re left in the now to take things in with all your senses.

Mindful journaling lets you appreciate life without letting it pass you by.

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