When I was a little girl I loved writing in my diary. Pretty pink design on the cover and a little silver heart shaped lock. The lock made me feel safe revealing my deepest thoughts and secrets. I still record my thoughts, but now they are transcribed in a spiral bound notebook I call a journal.
Recently I learned of some exciting and different types of journal ideas and wanted to share them with you, but first here are some of the benefits of keeping a journal:
Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world
Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being
Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present
Solve problems more effectively. Typically, we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems
Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict
Alternative types of journals to keep, with even more benefits:
Gratitude Journal - recording what you are grateful for when you wake up and before bed is life changing!
Dream Journal - capture your night time dreams and the potential messages and meanings
Travel Journal - I keep one of these in our motor home and record where we camp, visit, new friends we meet. My mom kept a travel journal that I discovered when I was going through her things after she passed. It was a priceless discovery!
Reading Journal - great way to write a summary of books you have read, the impact they have had on you as well as keep a list of books you want to read
Prayer Journal - what you are praying for and the results
Regardless of the type of journal or journals you decide to keep, they are guaranteed to take you deeper into your inner self, improving your outer experience, so let's get writing!
xoxo Lady Katherine