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Journaling is simply anything you desire and want it to be. It is like a portal to document every aspect of your life, everything that you go through in regards to different emotions and discover this new side of yourself you did not know existed.
Having a journal comes with great perks. Journaling can totally improve your personal growth and enrichment. Just by documenting your thoughts every day you will grow aware of your attitude and overall state of mind.
Purpose of Journaling
- It can be used to solve problems and to minimize stress of everyday life.
- It improves both physical and mental health.
- It can increase your self-esteem and self-appreciation.
- Best of all, it is an awesome tool when you are in the process of healing and recovery.
Journaling was always part of my life. I believe I started journaling at the tender age of 10. It was during that part of my life where I did not have many friends and felt like I did not belong anywhere. That is way before I discovered who are introverts and Asperger’s. I would write in a form of a diary, but occasionally would write down anything that I was feeling at the moment. Kind of like a brain dump, but for feelings. I am not an expert on sharing my feelings and expressing myself to others. This is why journaling for me was a gateway to another world within myself where I can be who I want to be and express myself where I know I can be understood.
I don’t normally go back to my old journals and read through them. Some people prefer to read their past notes to see how much they have grown physically and mentally. I, on the other hand, leave it behind me. It is part of my life where I do not want to remember, because most of they pieces that I write are negative situations or things that bother me throughout the day. In case you are wondering, yes, I do keep a separate journal for all the positive moments in my life. I still do not read them though, but I like to see how many books I have written for happy moments versus how many books I’ve written for depressive and angry moments.
There are many different ways to keep a journal. It could be as simple as a Five-Star spiral notebook, or as elaborate as a Midori, Moleskin, or a Filofax. You can also keep an online private journal or use an app to keep it in your tablet or phone. Personally, I like the good old fashion pen and paper method. I currently use my trusty A5 Filofax because I am able to customize it anytime I want. Plus, I have different styles of Filofax so I get to change them depending on my mood. Just like when a girl changes her handbags depending on what she is wearing. I also like to use different kinds of paper. Which is another plus side of using a Filofax.
You can find inspiration online such as Pinterest and Instagram on how to customize your journal.
Here are some examples:
If you want to become in-tune with yourself and enhance your outlook on life, I completely recommend to start writing in a journal and I promise you will be well-centered with your emotions and your thoughts.