With the rising technological advancements, taking out the old pen and paper to express our innermost feelings seems like something that belongs in the past. However, you will be surprised at how beneficial it can be to handwrite your emotions.
WebMD explains that journaling is an act of keeping a record of your personal thoughts, feelings, insights, and more. It is an inexpensive way of improving your mental health.
If you are interested in journaling, Healthline provides five reasons why you should start.
Helps reduce stress
Amy Hoyt, PhD says, “Journaling can be a great pressure releasing valve when we feel overwhelmed or simply have a lot going on internally.” This rings true as one study showed people from a children’s hospital reported reduced levels of stress after completing the following journaling exercises:
- Write three things you’re grateful for.
- Write the story of your life in six words.
- Write three wishes you have.
Through journaling, you are able to discover a different side of yourself every day, as the activity provides a much-needed pause to help you reconnect to yourself and rediscover who you are. When you write, you will also be able to learn about your preferences, fears, and passions.
Provides the opportunity to process emotions
Do you go about your day pushing away your emotions? Even if you do this, your emotions will still pop up, affecting your actions with or without you knowing. When you put your pen to paper, you are given the opportunity to process your emotions in a safe, contained space. By naming specific emotions you are experiencing and accepting them, you can reduce their strength by making them less overwhelming and easier to manage.
Boosts health and well-being
According to a 2018 research review, writing about your deepest thoughts and feelings may contribute to the following:
- Fewer stress-related visits to the doctor.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Improved mood.
- Better well-being.
Helps you figure out your next step
Writing about your thoughts and feelings about a particular situation can help you to understand how best to proceed. Seeing your concerns and questions on paper can give you clarity on your needs.
Written by Jade Rhode for Bona.