Healing Benefits of Journaling and How to Get Started

By: Rachel Norton
| Published 04/02/2021

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THE WOODLANDS, TX — It’s widely-known that journaling is beneficial, but what are the benefits exactly? In a nutshell, journaling improves brain function, the immune system, and overall psychological wellbeing. It can also improve relationships, memory, and productivity.

In fact, according to an article by CNBC, regular journaling can help clarify thoughts and feelings, heal injuries quicker, improve problem-solving skills, and help with recovery from traumatic experiences. Be sure to read the article for in-depth details.

Here are some tips on how to get started:
By Intelligent Change
• Try to write every day and make it easy: keep a pen and paper handy at all times.
• Write whatever feels right: remember, it’s your private place to discuss whatever you want. There is no right or wrong.
• Look at your writing time as personal relaxation time when you wind down and de-stress.
• When you write in a journal, provide an opportunity for positive self-talk and identify negative thoughts and behaviours.
• Focus on your inner voice and find a soothing and relaxing place inside yourself.
• Track any symptoms day-to-day, recognize triggers and learn how to control them.
• Know that you are doing something good for your mind and body.

7 writing prompts:
By Deepak Chopra and Kabir Sehgal
• Write about something (or someone) extremely important to you.
• Write about three things you’re grateful for today — and why.
• Write about what advice you’d give to your younger self.
• Write about a current challenge you’re struggling with and possible solutions.
• Write about 10 things you wish people knew about you.
• Write about one thing you did this year that you’re proud of.
• Write about 10 things you’d say yes to and 10 things you’d say no to.

“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” - Mina Murray

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