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5 Reasons You Should Keep a Journal

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 are my 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.

It’s Therapeutic

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 judgment 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!

It Can Count As ‘Me’ Time

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 ♡

Comments

  1. I’ve never been into writing journals, but I do get this urge to write things down, I’ll just typing on my notes page. Like you say, it is very therapeutic. When I was a little younger and I didn’t know how to handle my emotions well, I used to write them down and then seal them in an envelope. I’m too afraid to open them in case the emotions come back up so they’re best kept hidden away for now.

    I have started a dream journal, and I do want to do like a happy journal too, maybe more of a scrapbook to share my favourite memories and proudest moments.

    A last note, if you feel like you need to talk to someone, I’m right here. Rant, rave, whatever you need, I’m right here for you okay?

    Aycan // http://www.littlewhitesocks.com

    • Maybe burn those envelopes. You don’t need to relive and reopen them. Just getting it out on paper can be all the therapy you need at the time. it might even feel empowering to do that.

      You’ll have to keep me posted on the dream journal, that’s always one I’ve wanted to start. But I don’t seem to dream all that often anymore! Not anything I remember anyway, which is a little sad.

      And thank you, sweetie. I really appreciate it. Might take you up on that! ♡

      Laura xx

  2. I love this post, Laura! I agree, writing in a journal is so therapeutic and relaxing. I have kept diaries on and off throughout my life, I started when I was a teenager too. It’s such a lovely way to have some ‘me time’ and put all your thoughts, feelings and worries onto paper. I used to enjoy reading back on them too and see what I was up to months or years ago. I haven’t kept one in a while, but this post has reminded me how beneficial they are. Thanks so much for sharing and for the motivation to get writing again! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Everything is so digital these days too… it’s really nice to pick up a pen. I think doing something manually, like writing it down, is all part of the therapy too!

      I intend to keep this one going, so hopefully, I can look back on it in a year or two and see how things have evolved.

      So glad I inspired you! ♡

      Laura xx

  3. I’ve tried to keep a journal so many times but just always end up forgetting about it, oops! I think I struggle to put my feelings into words quite a lot so it just frustrates me trying sometimes, too. I love the idea of it preserving memories and being something to look back on, that’s how I feel about photographs which is why I take so many! I would really love to properly get into journalling though, I’ll have to try again soon!
    Alice Xx

    • I suck at photography lol. Otherwise, I’d turn it into a scrapbook of sorts and combine the two. Sometimes I’m not great with words too… saying things out loud anyway. At least this way I’m able to “get it out” lol. That seems to be enough for me most of the time.

      Hope you’re well hun! Been thinking of you.

      Laura xx

  4. I’m so rubbish with keeping a diary! I’ll do it for about a week and then forget about it, I’ve honestly had so many notebooks from where I’ve wanted to start a “fresh one” and then given it up again. I do wish I was more creative though like keeping up a bullet journal or something as there’s some really pretty designs on Pinterest etc. I love all of these points though, I bet it feels so good to get things down on paper sometimes! x

    Alice // https://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • Definitely seems to help me, that’s for sure! I find I’m sleeping better because it’s not all whirling around in my head.

      I think everyone feels pressure to make an entry every day and it ends up becoming a chore. I just intend to note something when I need to or when something good happens. Because then you have it to look back on! Everyone is different!

      Laura xx

  5. I have never maintained any such journal ever. But you are absolutely right venting out bad thoughts or feelings will relax the mind. I have a couple beautiful dairies that I want to write something and you have inspired me to do so. Maybe I will start jotting down some happy moments and decorate them with some stickers etc. :-)Lovely post Laura.

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