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Journaling Can Change Your Life

Journaling Can Change Your Life

Journaling Can Change Your Life

If you have read much about my life, you will know that on both sides of my family there are mental health issues.  I particularly have problems with depression, OCD and panic disorder.  In addition to what I deal with in my own life, I deal with other family members issues.   Then there are “normal” issues I’ve had to deal with like getting court appointed custody of our step father and being POA for an aunt and I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.   Whenever I have seen a therapist for my stress and anxiety, they always suggest to keep a journal or diary.    I have never given much thought about how journaling can change your life until recently when I was dealing with someone newly diagnosed with manic bipolar.    I have given the idea of keeping a journal a lot of thought recently and here are some reasons I have come up with that are a good reason to actually keep a journal or diary.   If you have other reasons please list them in comments.  It is encouraging to see how journaling benefits others!

Writing can help you see who you are.

Do you have a problem that you are trying to work your way through? Do keep finding yourself making the same kind of choices that are totally wrong for you, or you think they are wrong?  Writing in a journal can help you to see patterns in your choices and behaviors that can help you to make changes in the future. You will see things that likely will point out where to focus your passions and energies. That way you can make better use of your time and make a happier life.

Journaling can give your great memories.

Keeping a journal gives you something to look back on in the future. Do you have any writings from when you were in school, from when you lived in a different place or worked in a different field? Look back and see what you were writing about then or even a year ago. Having writing to look back on shows you how far you have come and problems that you have forgotten about. You’ll probably laugh about the things that were important to you when you were a teenager,  young adult without kids, or worried about in the future.  You’ll also see trends in how you dealt with things.

Your journal can make you accountable.

Many people like to write down when they are counting calories, stating exercise plans or trying to stop smoking or drinking. You can see trends and if you are keeping track of how you felt on certain days, you can see what might be triggers when you slip up. And when you have a bad day, you can look back and see how much good you have done and keep going!

Writing in a journal can help you work through how you truly feel.

You have a chance to explore at a deeper level what might help you see a more realistic way to deal with a problem. Sometimes just the slowing down and getting it out on paper helps. Influences coming from other people or situations become more apparent and the solution can become clear. Often writing about a situation that made you angry can help you get it out and smooth the way to reconciliation. Simply writing your feelings and observations about your day can make life more interesting by helping you focus on solutions rather than the problem. Processing negative emotions more quickly allows you to focus on your task at hand and live a higher quality life.

Do you journal?   How has it helped you?

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  1. 1
    Amber Ludwig

    I always start and never stick with it! There’s never enough time in the day!! I wish I could and did though!

  2. 2
    rbeeyswan

    Thank you! Plzzzzz. no u r a strong becon of positive LIGHT!! God bless U my friend.

  3. 3
    christy caldwell

    I have BPD(borderline personality disorder) and keeping a journal keeps me from acting out a lot. If I can just get out the irrational on “paper” instead of on someone I care for its saves a lot of headache and heartache.

  4. 4
    Betty C

    I’ve never tried journaling but I don’t think I have a lot of issues that would be helped by writing. I could always be wrong though.

  5. 5
    Dina Lindquist

    I agree that journaling can be life changing. It can help with so many things. It has helped me eat healthier and track my exercise goals.

  6. 6
    Who Let the Mum Out?

    I haven’t written in a journal in awhile. I do like blogging and it gets my thoughts out of my head. It can be very therapeutic.

  7. 7
    Amber Ludwig

    I totally agree! I wish I had more time to be able to!!

  8. 8
    Deb E

    I keep a daily journal and it’s really helped me. I still like the process of writing things down and maybe will progress to a more techie journal in the future. Journaling helps gather my thoughts and motivate me to keep organized and keep my goals in mind.

    1. 8.1
      Colleen

      Thanks for sharing that Deb E.

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    Karen Glatt

    I think journaling is a great way to help with my thoughts. I have memory problems, so I write down things every day to help me. I also write down how I feel and it really helps me put my thoughts on paper and leave them there. I sometimes go back and read some of what I read and it helps me to see that I am growing in my daily life and getting better.

    1. 9.1
      Colleen

      Thanks for sharing how Journaling helps you Karen. I have a hard time leaving my feelings on paper and walking away. They are way harder to process for me. And yes, journaling is a great way to see how you have grown.

  10. 10
    Rosie

    hmmm I was recently thinking about starting a journal. I wanted to make a handmade pretty journal. I don’t seem to have enough time to write anything. However, I feel that there is an aspect to me, the real me, that most people don’t know exists, and a journal would help make “me” seem more “real.” I keep saying one of these days….

    1. 10.1
      Colleen

      Sounds intriguing Rosie…I think you need to just get a tablet and start putting your thoughts down.

  11. 11
    Linda Manns Linneman

    I love journaling. I did this for three years after my son passed away and have not really done it since. I need to start doing this again soon. Thank you so much for sharing

    1. 11.1
      Colleen

      I am so sorry for the loss of your son! I am sure journaling helped you through that very very difficult time. You may not need it right now…but it’s good to know it’s worked for you in the past.

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    Rachel

    I’ve never been a person who journals. I know it can be helpful. Thx!

  13. 13
    Stephanie

    I’ve thought about doing this. It’s making time to do it that’s difficult.

    1. 13.1
      Colleen

      I know how you feel. It works really well for some people…but for me if I am going to utilize my time for “something” I’d rather put the energy into meditation. It helps calm me more. But then writing can help one “see” the problems better sometime.

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