Do you keep a regular journal? Whether you reflect on the daily happenings of your life, put pen to paper to set weekly or monthly goals, or it's your tool to purge and process emotions, writing is an incredibly powerful form of introspection. Journaling has been a huge part of our healing and growth, and as we launch our May Journal Challenge, we are inspired to share with you the benefits we've personally noticed in our own lives from keeping a journal and our top tips for maintaining your writing habit.
Benefits of Journaling
- Strengthen Self Discipline. Setting aside time to reflect and write is 100% an act of self discipline. No one else can make you do it, or will care if you do or don't for that matter. We discipline ourselves when the value we see in a practice is worth the time and emotional investment. Self discipline is just like a muscle too- the more we use and strengthen it, the stronger it gets.
- Heal & Process. Several studies have shown that writing is a helpful when processing severe trauma and illness, as well as coping with anxiety and depression. Writing is also a healing practice for life's daily occurrences and dramas.
- Improve communication skills. There is no doubt a connection between written and spoken word. Writing encourages us to think before we speak, and trains us to say only what we mean. When we take the time to clarify things for ourselves, we communicate more clearly, and naturally become better at holding space for others to communicate their truth as well.
- Increase Emotional Intelligence. Utilizing language more frequently can not only stretch our IQ, it also makes us more aware and mindful beings. When we write, we tune into our own emotions and can begin to witness ourselves objectively, and in turn feel empathy for others without attaching to or becoming emotions.
- Reprogram Your Mind. What we focus our energy on expands. Have you ever practiced writing mantra? You craft a positive statement in the present, and write it over and over and over. Focus with your highest capacity of intention. For example, one I work with a lot is "I am strong, I am capable, everything I need is already within me". Kelly loves "I am in flow with the abundance of the universe". Try writing line after line, 108 times!
Seems like spending 20 minutes could be worth all of these benefits, yeah? Whether daily, weekly, or even monthly is your speed, use the tips below to keep yourself on track and get the me most out of your journaling practice.
Tips for journaling:
Make it a ritual. Try to journal at the same time everyday or same day each week. Create a space in your home where you love to journal, and if possible where you live, you could associate solo trips to the beach or forest or mountains or somewhere sacred with journaling.
When journaling on a prompt (like we will for this challenge!), take your time to meditate on the question and focus your attention on feeling out Once you begin writing allow the words to flow and don’t worry about spelling or sentences making perfect sense. Just write and let words come through you. Aim to write at least one page.
Have an accountability buddy. We’ll keep each other on track in the Facebook group and on Instagram, but ultimately having one other person for support and to check in with is a great way to prioritize the challenge and ritual of journaling.
Remember there is no end goal. Just to get more in touch with your feelings and yourself.
Be honest with yourself (satya) Journaling is a great chance to shine light on the shadows, and to come out of hiding from ourselves. But it doesn’t work unless we’re willing to lay all of our shit bare and really take an honest look at where we are operating from.