You don’t have to be a “writer” to express your thoughts on a page. You just have to be a human who wants to alleviate that unforsaken baggage.
Maybe someone at work is getting on your nerves. Maybe there’s no peace and quiet at home. Or maybe you feel like crap and you don’t know why.
More and more people than ever before are journaling to lessen their stress. Studies show that medical patients who journaled for 12 weeks were associated with decreased mental distress.
Moreover, philosophies like Stoicism are going through a renaissance despite it being introduced in the world at least 5000 years ago. Following in the footsteps of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, countless folks are jotting their thoughts and ideas on paper – and it's not just out of boredom.
Here are just some benefits of journaling that you may be unaware of:
Quickens the Healing Process – You might find yourself struggling to heal because you avoid dealing with the issue head-on. By actually writing your resentments, you bridge the distance between you and the issue and help to release whatever pain you’ve been locking inside.
Boosts Your Memory – Sometimes you feeling stressed because you have too much to do, too much to read and too much to learn. Daily journaling, even for just a couple of minutes, makes you retain your current knowledge which thereby saves you the extra mental work.
Promotes the feeling of Gratitude – When you write down what you're grateful for every day, you're less likely to resent the people you feel wronged by. You also feel positive emotions while jotting those positive thoughts, helping you to feel less stressed and more grounded.
Clarifies your thoughts – You may be stressed because haven’t had the time to sit down and truly understand your thoughts. By expressing them on paper, you may find whatever you’re worrying about is actually not a big deal.
There are so many benefits to talk about, but If you’re a writer like me, journaling is also a great way to improve your writing skills and penmanship. And honing in on my craft helps me deal with my own stress.
Whatever you’re going through, journaling benefits everyone, even if don’t consider yourself a writer.
Smyth, J., Johnson, J., Auer, B., Lehman, E., Talamo, G. and Sciamanna, C., 2018. Online Positive Affect Journaling in the Improvement of Mental Distress and Well-Being in General Medical Patients With Elevated Anxiety Symptoms: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mental Health, 5(4), p.e11290.