Journaling – I see you’re yawning already right? Yes, I asked anyone willing to talk to me about whether they tried it or are currently doing it.
I didn’t get much of a response – 3 out of 20 people journaled. Not so bad I suppose. I asked what kind of things they would write:
- Events or highlights of their day
- Things that they’re worried about
- Anything that came to mind at the time to help them sleep
- Light bulb moments or brainstorming ideas
I though to myself, wow, they didn’t seem too keen on the idea, nor were they consistent with the journaling – but at least they tried. Maybe its the idea of picking up a pen and writing? Seems we have got use to the idea of using the easy methods such as laptops or mobile phones to journal.
If you think journaling won’t benefit you, then don’t do it. If you feel it will – I say go for it. The choice is down to you in the end. But I would say, give it a try even though you don’t like the idea.
Here’s the general responses I received when asking those who didn’t journal:
- Erm, me? Journal – no.. I don’t like writing about my emotions
- I don’t like the idea of someone eventually gaining access to the book – I have trust issues
- I really don’t know what to write about – my brain switches off as soon as I have a pen in my hand
- The idea of journaling sounds odd and out of character of me – I wouldn’t do it
- None of my friends do it – so why should I? That’s so like 90’s right?
I am not judgmental in their responses of course, but I do like to look into the deeper meaning as to why they would not journal. And in reality, it isn’t for everyone – but for those that have taken the leap, they really did see benefits from it. Some treated it as a time capsule to track back on.
To summarize, writing is an important exercise to provide you clarity, accountability and opens your mind to ask tougher questions – it challenges you. It helps with stress, relieves anxiety and if journaling for gratitude, it can help you gain great vision of your health and wellbeing.
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