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.
Much has been written about the physical health benefits of expressive journal writing: reduced stress, improved immune system function, reduced depressive symptoms, improved liver and lung function, and reduced blood pressure – to name a few. Of lesser emphasis in research papers and in the general population is a discussion of the social and behavioral outcomes of writing therapy.
It will take you less than 15 minutes each day to record your ideas, goals, and dreams into your idea journal.
Experts believe that our nighttime dreams deal with concerns, worries, or events that we experience during our waking hours. A study done in 2003 speculated that about 50-percent of people have work-related nightmares.
I am a journaler. I have kept a journal for over 25 years. You can give me any date in the past 25 years and I can tell you what I was doing on that date. Some people have questioned why I do this. Why bother? What good reasons do I have to keep a journal? That’s what I would like to talk about today.
I’m sure that at one time or another every one of us has been told to journal. “What is so important about journaling?” you may ask. “I’ve already had to live with it going over and over in my head, why would I want to write it down?”
You’ve answered your own question.
Everyday we experience many different events. Some good, some bad, some memorable and some that can be forgotten the next day. For writers, these events of our lives are a treasure trove of material that could be very valuable to us.
You just had a fight with your mother? Why not write it down?
You just broke your leg? Why not sit down and scribble a few lines describing how it feels?
Psychologists recommend journaling to their patients, because journals are private, you can say anything that you want and use them as way to destress. Instead of keeping everything bottled up you can write your frustrations and get them out on paper and this reduces your chances of depression, appearing crazy by blowing up in public for no apparent reason and getting sick from all the toxic energy that bad emotions produce.
Question for singles:
What do you do with your occasional feelings of loneliness, frustration with dating, perhaps frustration with yourself and/or the opposite sex? Do these feelings and thoughts run around and around in your head, interfering with your ability to think clearly, causing more frustration? Read below to learn how to get these thoughts and feelings out so you can have a more peaceful, more enjoyable life.