If you take the time to make journal entries on a regular schedule, follow the thoughts presented here, and put a plan into action, you will most definitely experience improved mental and physical health.
A couple of years ago I was sorting through a pile of unused journals (many given to me as presents!) and was trying to come up with a way to put them to good use.
If you aren’t, let me urge you to start one today. The book itself doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a regular notebook will do.
In studies conducted, it has been found that writing the events of the day in a journal drastically increases your powers of recall and memory.
It also helps to ‘unload’ all the baggage you’ve collected during the day.
You are at the door steps of the most exciting time in your life. Enjoy it! Chronicle it!
Put your journey in a journal and include your thoughts and feelings. Or better yet, transform your journal into a Wedding Scrap Book.
Create a family legacy to share the memories of your engagement, wedding and life together with your children and grandchildren.
Keep a diary of actions taken, experiences and feelings as they occur or shortly thereafter. Put your ideas, dreams, goals desires and aspirations on paper.
If you journal about the divorce, you will discover your role and not make the same mistake twice.
If there every was a time in your life when emotions run rampant, it’s when you’re going through a divorce. Wouldn’t you agree? There you are – you think your life is totally working when the rug gets pulled out from under your feet.
That’s right. Medical science has discovered what we writers have known for a long time…the benefits of journaling.
According to research documented in the Journal of the American Medical Association, April 14, 1999, persons suffering from asthma and rheumatoid arthritis significantly reduce symptoms by “expressive writing.”
Writing about (stressful) life events helps to put things into perspective!
However, important events in your life, at the time they are fresh, provide a link to your children and grandchildren. Memories fade, but a dated notation of your thoughts just before your wedding, at the birth of a child, a new house, or a cross-country move can enhance your family relationships in later years.
About three years ago, my mother at age ninety-one, decided to recall special events in her life. She asked me to compose a journal. Memories of her early life were fairly vivid. However, when she was a busy wife and mother, she could not recall many events. I solicited information from my siblings, but their memories had faded as well. Sadly a gap appears in her journal.
Personal journaling supports our development and growth. But spiritual journaling goes deeper. Spiritual writing is a reflection of our soul.