Five Reasons Why Journaling Your Emotions is Good for You
Happy New Year Beloved! Oooh! 2017 was something else, but hey, we made it! If you’re breathing today, then you’re alive, and have been given another chance for a do-over. I know many people love to have a list of new year’s resolutions, and I do too.
But, this year, I’m doing it differently than usual. Instead of having a bunch of new resolutions, and then be frustrated by mid-year, and abandon some of them or all of them, this year, I decided to focus on only one goal, and see it through to the end of the year.
In light of recent events happening in our world, it can be hard to focus on your mission and purpose, because of all life throws at us. So, how can you get rid of the clutter in your mind, and be able to see clearly, and focus only on what you’re here to do. Well, for starters, you need to declutter your mind, by taking the garbage out. Our minds can be a temple of ingenuity, or a dumping site if we’re not careful. The good news is, we get to choose what we feed our minds on. With 24 hours news cycle, and smartphones at our fingertips, distractions can seem unavoidable. So, what can you do?
In my book Evolving Through Adversity, I share how journaling my emotions saved my life, literally and figuratively. Today, journaling my emotions and feelings has become a daily practice whenever I’m going through a rough patch. When I feel distraught or anxious, I just take a pen and a journal, dive in and pour my heart on the paper. It feels so good afterwards that I think, ‘why was I so angry or what was I so sad about?’ Then, I feel unburdened and lighthearted. It’s like emptying a stinky garbage can, and putting in a new scented garbage bag.
I have to confess, before I became a journal junky, I had a severe case of the emotional heaviness. Then I discovered journaling, and it became the catalyst of my self-discovery and healing; that also produced my first book titled, Evolving Through Adversity: How to Overcome Obstacles, Discover Your Passion, and Honor Your True Self.
The following are some of the benefits you reap after a visit to your, well …. journal. Like an apple, an entry a day can keep the shrink away!
1. Journaling Your Thoughts Helps You Sleep Better
Each night, write down your thoughts and emotions. Writing down all the things that are worrying you, will help clear your mind. It may even help you fall asleep faster, and provide a night of less torturing sleep.
2. Journaling Your Thoughts Improves Your Mental Health
Writing about a stressful, or an emotional event can improve your overall psychological health. Write down anything that’s bothering you, or hindering your ability to focus, especially if the same thoughts keep crowding your mind.
3. Journaling Your Thoughts Can Boost Your Spiritual Relationships
Journaling my feelings and emotions allows me to take a break from worrying, and surrender my problems to a Higher power. Whatever that is for you. For me, it is God, and I usually send in a prayer asking to be relieved from the burden of things I cannot control. But this only works if I consciously release the worry and choose to let go. Which can be easier said than done of course! But, it’s a process; make it your goal this year to learn how to release and let go.
4. Journaling Your Thoughts Can Improve Your Overall Physical Health
We all know that insomnia comes from worrying too much, and how much the lack of sleep can negatively impact our health. When you write down your thoughts that are bothersome, you release stress, which in return positively affects the release of hormones responsible for the immune system.
5. Journaling Your Thoughts Can Improve Your Career
Do you work for a mean-ager? Is your workplace a constant stressor? There is no denying it, many employees experience work-related stress, not just because of the workload, but also due to difficult bosses, and or co-workers. So, when quitting is not an option, you might find empowerment in journaling your frustration, and even be able to mentor others in how to release workplace toxicity.