Recently I’ve found myself writing, to myself. I have this tatty notebook that I usually jot down my shopping list and other random notes I need to scribble down. But lately, I’ve been using it to vent my feelings and put my thoughts down on paper.
Keeping a diary is something I used to do when I was a teenager. I never actually filled one out for an entire year, but I did use to keep one when I was dealing with “stuff” and I forgot how therapeutic it can be. And I’ve been dealing with some new stuff and haven’t really known how to process it or work through it without ending up an emotional puddle on the floor.
I read back through this notebook and was able to get a clearer understanding of my mindset, and always felt better after I’d actually hashed it all out on paper. So I decided to buy a diary on Amazon and figured it might help me deal with things I maybe can’t say out loud or need to get out but don’t know how to talk about yet. Honestly, it has been ridiculously good for my mental health and it’s nice to pick up a pen for a change. So here’s my 7 reasons why you should keep a journal.
Preserve Your Memories
This is the most obvious reason for most people. When something amazing happens, write it down exactly how you feel in that moment, and it’s locked in forever. You can read back on it and relive it over and over again. Sometimes words are more powerful than a picture.
For Future You
Keeping a diary means you can look back on how you’ve developed as a person. You can show yourself how you handle things differently now to how you did then, and see growth in you that perhaps hadn’t noticed before. You can also set yourself goals, write to future you (leaving them a little pep talk maybe?) and reflect on the changes in you as a person or even your life in general.
This is ultimately why I started doing mine again. Even if the words aren’t spoken out loud if you’re having a hard time, or even just a bad day, getting it out on paper helps you work through it. Your brain is having to process everything in order for you to be able to write them down. Which can be as useful, and in some cases, better than talking it out with a friend or family member. Because the fear or judgement is completely removed (since it’s an inanimate object and all).
You Can Get Creative
There are tonnes of different ways to keep a journal. You can have the traditional “friend”, a bullet journal, goals diaries, dream journals, sketch journals… the list is endless. And they can be as plain or as embellished as you like. If you want to replicate Monet’s Starry Night in felt tip pens, go for it. If you just want to write a list or a letter, you can do that too. Or if you just need a space to practice something, like hand-lettering, it’s a great place to start. Mine has really helped me work on my calligraphy!
Since writing my own again, I’ve found that the extra few minutes I spend to sit still gives me a change think about my day and just have some peaceful time to reflect. This really helps to refocus me and puts me in a much better mood! I suppose you could say it’s a bit like meditation!
The list could go on, but I like to stick to 5’s for things (haha).
If you keep a journal, what was your reason for picking up the pen?
Until next time ♡