Hey niece… The benefits of journaling are endless. Journaling is a great way for you to get in touch with your feelings. And it also allows you to express yourself without interruption, judgement, or having your truth questioned by others. Journaling is therapeutic and very likely to help you work through some things that have happened to you in your life. Girl chile, journaling has helped me process some thangs, let me tell you.
With social media, social and cultural issues, and personal life in general, you might be feeling overwhelmed. You feeling overwhelmed is the reason why I believe journaling is so important. It helps with organizing our thoughts, prioritizing, and putting life into perspective overall. Journaling also helps alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Journaling is known to improve our immune systems by lowering cortisol levels. Our cortisol levels are naturally high when we’re under a lot of stress or dealing with emotional problems. Which also causes our waist training to be in vain because high cortisol levels adds undesirable weight to our tummy area.
I want you to make journaling a necessary skill to add to your daily lifestyle. So here are five (5) other benefits of journaling you could possibly stand to grow from.
1. Journaling is a great way to get our thoughts out and on paper. It helps with mental clarity, creativity, and problem solving skills. If you are anything like me niece, you may have 12 million thoughts and ideas running through your mind all at one time, all the time. Getting our thoughts out on paper can help us distinguish between what we need to have on our mind and what we are wasting our brain cells on.
2. Journaling can be therapeutic for those who have experienced trauma or loss. Journaling regularly can help improve mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. #ComingFromWhereImFrom niece, rarely are we granted a safe place to feel and express our emotions from traumatic experiences. Silence #InRealLIfe is one of the primary reasons depression, anger, and anxiety exist. Journaling provides that safe place to get the toxicity of trauma out of our systems.
3. Journaling is a great way to express our thoughts and feelings. Writing about what’s going on in our life allows us to process it and move on from it. It helps with self-reflection and understanding who we really are inside. It’s a great way to keep track of what we have already overcome so we always remember who we are and WHOS we are.
4. The act of journaling ALONE has been shown to reduce stress levels by as much as 68%. I don’t know, but there is something about simply writing it down that alleviates so much of life’s weight off your shoulders.
5. Keeping a journal is one of the best ways to improve memory retention over time. Recording our thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams helps keep them alive so they’re not forgotten over time
Bottom line niece, journaling helps heal. It is therapeutic and helps you find clarity in your thoughts, emotions, and goals. Whether you’re looking to work out your feelings about a past situation or have trouble getting started on some new goal, journaling can help get the ball rolling. And let’s face it, the hardest part for most is “getting started”.
Let’s start small and achievable so I can prove to you how effective journaling is.
For the next three (3) days, together we are going to take ten (10) minutes each day to write down why we are feeling what we are feeling. Then, we will write how did we get to this feeling. Finally, we will write out what is true about why and how we feel the way we feel in that moment. This allows us to build momentum while also focusing on an area we may need to heal in, grow in, or need some positive reinforcement in.
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