Five Reasons to Keep a Journal

1.) It improves your memory.

If you’re like me, you have a tendency to forget things. Sometimes you can even forget really important things. At this point in your life, you stay so busy with your studies, your relationships, your family life, it can all get a little overwhelming. Keeping a journal of your day to day can help you keep a well needed balance on the goings-on in your life. You can call back to your journal to remember an important meeting, a birthday, an assignment, etc. Of course, using your phone can help with these things as well, but hand-writing in your journal can really help you commit it to memory.

2.) It can calm you down.

Life can present you with all sorts of challenges; challenges that test your patience as well as your ability to maintain a leveled temperament. I’m sure by now you have found yourself typing away frantically in a text message trying to get your point across to someone else. Texting is a quick way to communicate, but what exactly is it doing for you? Can you offer all of the nuance in a text message that you can in a handwritten paragraph? Writing your thoughts in a journal personalizes them in a way that is unique to you. You can truly express your thoughts and take your time. Writing forces you to pace yourself and in turn can help you calm down tremendously.

3.) It can help you heal.

A lot like journaling helps you calm down, it can also help you heal from things in your life. Writing in a journal physically engages you with your thoughts in a way that typing doesn’t. Controlling the pen or pencil to create a page of your feelings can provide you with a place to face them in a strong way that you can manage and understand better. If you’re struggling with something and you’re not sure how to cope at the moment, write it down in your journal. Simply collecting your thoughts might offer the healing you’re looking for.

4.) It can improve your writing.

Writing is a lot like riding a bike. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure you do plenty of writing in class, but that is a different kind. This writing is 100% for you. Your intentions behind it are different and you’re motivated by things that are more personal, as opposed to writing a mandatory essay for class. When you’re writing in your journal, you will have a desire for it to look fairly neat. The cleaner your writing is, the more useful journaling will be as you can go back and revisit your entries and read them with ease. Take your writing practice a step further and try journaling to keep your writing skills sharp.

5.) It helps you stay in touch with yourself.

Keeping a journal of your personal history is a great step in keeping in touch with who you are. You might find yourself in a situation later in life that reminds you of something you went through when you were younger. You’ll then be able to return to your journal and see how you handled this similar situation as a younger person. Don’t let the internet be the only system in place that keeps track of you and your history. Write your own history in your words.

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