The benefits of journal writing are huge. You'll learn more about yourself, relieve stress and simplify your life.
To build self esteem, begin journal writing now. These benefits will give you powerful ways to move forward. Getting the most from the list is easy. Choose the five benefits that mean to most to you right now. As you write, keep these in mind for self motivation.
1. Feel empowered.
Personal empowerment is a huge self esteem builder. One of the best ways to empower yourself is to acknowledge your accomplishments and fight the voice within that says you aren’t valued.
Your biggest challenge toward personal empowerment is to value your personal worth. Write about the things you have achieved. Of the benefits of journal writing this is one of the biggest.
Don’t allow that inner gremlin to creep in while you write. You are empowering, not insulting! Wrestling with your inner demon certainly increases your benefits of journal writing.
2. Get in touch with things that excite you.
If your writing is self directed, that is, you are writing whatever comes to mind rather than answering questions or writing about an issue, you’ll find that you’ll write about your everyday reflections, challenges, hopes and desires.
When reading back over your thoughts at the end of a week, you’ll find a record of the things you’d like to happen in your life. If you find that you are mostly writing about challenges and problems, then what you really want is something you don’t have at the moment.
This is an excellent time to ask yourself the question, what changes can I make in my like right now so that I will be happier? What can I do to fulfill my dreams?
At this point, you set some goals. You could also create a vision board.
So journal writing helps you discover the things that you love, adding to your benefits of journal writing.
3. Solve your personal problems.
Ordinarily our thoughts wander around without direction. But when we write, even if we’re writing a “stream of consciousness” where we seemingly ramble, there’s a record of that rambling and later on we can see the thread.
The thread or the problem is trapped on the page for you to do something about when you are ready. Once you have identified the problem, you can solve it by setting personal goals or by creating a vision board as in the benefits of journal writing above.
4. Solve work related and family problems.
You may find that your issues are focused around problems or challenges at home or at work. These issues relate to work life balance challenges where we are in the dynamic of achieving harmony in our lives.
If you are writing about these issues, take a look at the work life balance wheel .
5. Understand yourself – know who you are.
As you write, you’ll discover the things that are important to you, the things you are passionate about. The process of writing takes us to our roots and away from all the distractions of the world around us.
Writing a journal is like gardening, painting, running, dancing, sculpting, singing and meditating where we are lost in another world, much like the world Eckhart Tolle describes in The Power of Now.
During my eight months of training for trekking to Everest Base Camp a few years ago and during the three weeks of climbing in the Himalaya, I was lost in this other world beyond the here and now. Without realizing what was happening, I discovered myself just as you will in your journal, magically minute by minute.
How this understanding occurs is a bit of a mystery. It one of those activities where we need to trust the process and leave the figuring out behind. Understanding yourself boost benefits of journal writing.
Setting a goal is one of the benefits of journal writing .
6. Learning your values is another one of the important benefits of journal writing.
Your values are your beliefs, the things important to you. The best way to know your values is to list in your journal three times or things in your life that have made you happy.
Then list three things that have made you angry. Now add a few descriptive words to each of these six events or periods of time, words explaining your feelings during these times.
Look back over your words and then have a look at personal values list . Check off the values that resonate with you. Knowing your values increases benefits of journal writing.
7. Find your place in the universe.
Whether you feel this or not, I think we are here on earth to fulfill some purpose, to be part of a greater plan. We all have a life purpose and we are all connected, people, animals, vegetation, air and water. People sometimes write "Personal Mission Statements" to understand their purpose.
Writing is one way to understand your place in the universe. You could begin by answering the questions: How am I part of this universe? How am I contributing to this world? Why am I here?
These are fundamental, questions to answer. Have a try, though. Your answers may surprise you! Knowing yourself and writing the things you already know about yourself is one of the profound benefits of journal writing.
8. Help get in tune with your own wisdom.
Wisdom is a special knowledge that most of us have in varying degrees It is the gaining the qualities of personal knowledge, understanding, experience, and intuitive understanding. People with wisdom have these qualities and can apply them to solve problems.
Wisdom and intelligence have similar and overlapping meanings. People who are smart are not necessary wise, just as people who are smart are not necessarily intelligent.
We become wise by learning from our mistakes, by experiencing and reflecting on life when things don't work out the way we expected them to. Wisdom isn’t about knowing a lot of facts.
Wisdom comes from understanding life and yourself on an intuitive level — that sixth sense beyond seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. By asking and answering questions in your journal, you will get in touch with your own wisdom, more benefits of journal writing.
Have your heard the quotation, “The unexamined life is not worth living?.” In the 5th century BCE, (before the birth of Christ) the Greek philosopher Socrates made this statement at his trial for heresy. He was on trial for encouraging his students to challenge the accepted beliefs of the time and think for themselves.
This is the sort of reflection that leads us all to wisdom. Socrates believed that there was no point in living unless to examine the world around us and discuss how to make the world a better place. But, for that belief he died!
We’re lucky though. We can write these things in our journals without fear of punishment. Finding your voice is one of the important big benefits of journal writing.
9. Understand your fears and passions.
Writing is a powerful way to understand the things that frighten you and the things that give you joy. You can begin this exploration by asking yourself the questions: What things frighten me? What things terrify me? What do I love to do? What gives me joy?
Your answers to these questions will also relate to your values.
10. Become more intuitive.
Gaining an intuitive understanding of yourself and the world around you is a rich process and a strong benefit of journal writing. Some people are more intuitive than others. But you can develop your intuitive mind. Here are some suggestions:
11. Give yourself an expressive voice.
Giving a powerful voice to self expression adds to benefits of journal writing because your thoughts come together in a way that is later understandable to you. Often we don’t feel we are listened too. Sometimes we are too shy to give ourselves permission to voice opinion.
A journal is a safe and wonderful place to give yourself a voice. Gardening, painting, dancing, sculpting, singing, writing, acting are other examples of self expressive activities.
12. Develop personal stories for public speaking.
One of our greatest fears is public speaking. We’re terrified of making fools of ourselves. Often, we haven’t a clue what to talk about even if we could get past the idea of talking to a group of people. So your journal writing provides great subject material for your speeches one day! This pushes up the benefits of journal writing for you.
13. Understand your family dynamics.
In the thick of family life, we often get caught up in arguments and problems without taking the time to figure out where the problems are coming from. Your personal journal is a great place to work though these deep, tangled and complicated relationships.
The answers won’t come immediately. Life is never that easy! But if you ask yourself the question ‘What is happening here?’ you’ll find you might have some very powerful insights.
14. Know the things that make you angry.
In the “Know your values” benefit, I suggested writing three things that make you angry. Here is the place to focus on your anger and figure out on the written page where it comes from and how you can deal with it.
Anger and fear are usually closely related. Sadness is part of the mix and self esteem too, of course. People who have balance, harmony and personal courage are rarely angry people. Personal empowerment helps eliminate anger. Think about the things that make you angry.
15. Know the things that make you happy.
Describe the people, places and things that make you happy. Now try to figure out why these things make you happy. The richness in this benefit goes beyond the identification.
16. Know the things that make you sad.
Sometimes writing about the things that make us sad can help alleviate the feeling -- just as going for a walk or doing something physical can take our mind of a worry or a problem. Of course if we are grieving a loss, time is a great healer. By sadness, I’m not referring to depression.
Clinical Depression needs medical assistance. We can’t write out way out of it. But we can work on feelings of sadness. For example, at the moment I feel very sad about our environment. I know I can’t solve the big problem. But in my journal, I can explore ways to make personal changes to lessen my footprint.
17. Make decisions for the future.
One of the great benefits of journal writing is figuring out where you would like to be in the future. You could try writing a five year or ten year plan.
Begin by asking yourself the question, “Where do I want to be living and working in five years? What do I want to have accomplished? In ten?
Again, have a look at Setting a Goal and creating a vision board for help.
18. Create material for a future book or blog.
As with material for giving future speeches, your journal will give you lots of information for a book or blog one day. This is a big benefit of journal writing because it's hard to resurrect our thoughts from the air.
19. Become more creative.
Sometimes we have lots of wonderful ideas. But nothing happens. We feel stuck. We either don’t know how to get started or are afraid to make changes. If this is happening to you.
Ask yourself questions such as: What is holding me back? What am I afraid of? What do I need to give up in order to move forward? When we don't write down important thoughts, we often don't face them fully. It's one of the benefits of journal writing to note these important aspects of ourselves.
Writing your answers and solutions is more definitive and powerful than thinking about them. Writing your future life gives it a reality, a name.
20. Move forward in your life.
Writing is a creative act. Your journal can contain poetry, short stories, streams of consciousness and wild explorations of thought. You can create metaphors or similes. For example – ‘Life is a journey up a mountain,’ or a date with him or her is like eating a luscious ice cream cone.’
You will become more creative by playing with words and thoughts. Becoming more creative another of the important benefits of journal writing.
Keep these benefits of journal writing close at hand as a guide for your writing process.
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