Journaling for well-being
Journaling is a bit like marmite - you’re either for it or against. However you feel about it, it’s impossible to deny the multiple benefits to both our mental health and well-being that a regular journaling practice can offer.
The idea of journaling may conjure up the image of a teenage girl having a ‘dear diary’ moment recalling events of the day. And while capturing events in story-form has its place, journaling is not solely reserved for teenagers.
There is now extensive research to show us the positive impact regular journaling, in its many forms, has on our mental health, well-being, personal development, stress levels and ability to learn and grow from experiences. Scientific studies detail how regularly writing down your thoughts improves your ability to be present, helps improve your memory and sleep, builds your resilience and improves your self-confidence.
One common barrier to journaling is ‘I don’t know what to write’. Rest assured, there is no ‘wrong’ way. Take confidence in knowing that the words are for your eyes only. Even disposing of the page after you’ve captured your thoughts is reported to have the same benefits as keeping a notebook safe.
You may be surprised by the flow of pen to paper once you accept that it doesn’t necessarily matter what you write. Whatever and however you write will be beneficial and help you clear your mind for your day ahead.
If you’re still on the fence, consider these benefits to help you get you started:
There are many different journaling techniques, and if you’re keen to get started and experience these benefits mentioned here, why not start with Wild Writing? Write openly and freely with whatever is on your mind and see where the pen takes you.
Gemma Brown is a personal and business coach who helps individuals and businesses find authenticity, purpose and direction through 1-2-1 and group coaching. She is a well-being advocate, helping clients prioritise a well-being routine that is uniquely theirs. For more information, visit www.gemmabrowncoaching.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.