Initially journals were kept as a matter of record. People would document events that happen to keep a historical account to pass down to future generations. Now newspapers, blogs, videos and media are the mainstay. Many do still use journalling as a tool for documentation but many more seem to use it as a form of expression.
The process of putting pen to paper is therapeutic as it allows one to get the mass of emotions, ideas and information that is often jumbled and bouncing around inside one’s head out and in some structured form. All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause turmoil, stress or just distract one from the important things that need to be their focus.
Journals contain private thoughts committed to paper and need not be shared with others, which allow you to get your emotions down without censoring or fear of condemnation. Creating a dedicated time throughout the day to journal is also therapeutic in itself; by giving yourself permission to spend time on yourself is a healthy indulgence. Journalling also helps with planning and transformation. Recording dreams, goals and wishes helps you keep your focus on your desired outcome, plan how to get there and keeps you honest with yourself about your limitations and progress.
When it comes to healing many people keep one or more journals. General journals record hopes, fears, anxieties and are a great tool for self discovery. Dream journals are great for tracking what recurring themes are presenting themselves in your dreams, thus helping you identify and address things that could be causing stress. Gratitude journals are daily listings of things one is thankful for. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you focus on the positive things that are going on in your life and helps improve both your mood and attitude. Idea journals are helpful for sparking creativity or problem solving.
The written word is a powerful thing. They provoke thought, act as a release, ignite creativity, and hold within them the power to heal. Journalling can be an incredible life-changing process.