Words have the power to heal, whether they are spoken or written which is why journaling has been a daily practice of mine now for as long as I can remember. But it’s far more than just writing down affirmations and thinking positively. Writing down your thoughts and emotions can actually change the chemicals in your brain which in turn can change your outlook, your physical health and other elements of your behaviour.
The benefits of journaling
If you’re not already convinced that journaling would be a good practice for you to adopt, whether daily or even just weekly, then here some more reasons to sway you.
- Reduces stress
- Boost immunity
- Help injuries heal faster
- Help you evaluate and learn from experiences
- Improve creativity
- Enhance communication skills
- Improve sleep, particularly if you commit your worries to paper
- Improve memory
Getting started with journaling
Getting started is easy and don’t worry if you don’t know what to write. If ranting isn’t for you and writing about your thoughts doesn’t feel quite right yet, then start with the 4-2-1 method.
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 15-20 minutes.
Then write down:
4 x things you are grateful for
2 x people you wish good things for and what you want for them
1 x act you want to happen to you (it’s often fun to write down as if it’s already happened and so you write in the past tense)
Your thoughts and desires do not have to be grandiose – it’s more about the practice of being positive, grateful and taking the time to get what is in your head, down on paper. I guarantee once you start, amazing things will start to happen!