10 Reasons Why You Need To Be Journaling Every Day

Journaling is a fun and easy personal development tool.  Writing in a journal is more than cataloging today’s events. It’s about freedom of expression, it’s about capturing your soul’s work, and journaling exists to help you better understand yourself.  Free-writing is a wonderful technique that helps you tap into your subconscious mind. By the time you’re done writing a journal entry, there’s a chance some of what you wrote will surprise you. That’s because this section of your mind wasn’t ready to be verbalized but it did need to become exposed and brought to your attention.  I personally LOVE journaling.  The whole experience of writing and keeping a journal brings me to a place of peace and clarity. Which is why I've listed 10 reasons why you should be journaling every day in this blog post!

Keeping a journal isn’t something specific to pre-teen girls obsessed with Lisa Frank notebooks. (But I must admit.. Lisa Frank was the shit!)

Journaling is a fun and easy personal development tool.

 

Writing in a journal is more than cataloging today’s events.

 

It’s about freedom of expression, it’s about capturing your soul’s work, and journaling exists to help you better understand yourself.

Free-writing is a wonderful technique that helps you tap into your subconscious mind.

 

By the time you’re done writing a journal entry, there’s a chance some of what you wrote will surprise you. That’s because this section of your mind wasn’t ready to be verbalized but it did need to become exposed and brought to your attention.

 

I personally LOVE journaling.

 

The whole experience of writing and keeping a journal brings me to a place of peace and clarity.

Journaling is a fun and easy personal development tool.  Writing in a journal is more than cataloging today’s events. It’s about freedom of expression, it’s about capturing your soul’s work, and journaling exists to help you better understand yourself.  Free-writing is a wonderful technique that helps you tap into your subconscious mind. By the time you’re done writing a journal entry, there’s a chance some of what you wrote will surprise you. That’s because this section of your mind wasn’t ready to be verbalized but it did need to become exposed and brought to your attention.  I personally LOVE journaling.  The whole experience of writing and keeping a journal brings me to a place of peace and clarity. Which is why I've listed 10 reasons why you should be journaling every day in this blog post!

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Below I’ve listed ten reasons why you should be journaling every day:

 

  1. It helps to clear out all of the buzz that’s keeping you up at night

    • Have you ever tossed and turned all night because you had that one unchecked item on your to-do list taunting you to not forget about it in the morning? How many times have you gotten up in the middle of the night to write it down or type a note on your phone?

      When you keep a journal, all those last minute thoughts before bed transfer onto the page so you can go to sleep without any last minute thoughts. Clearly, this strategy only works if you’re someone who writes before bed, but nonetheless, it’s a great habit to pick up. The bags under your eyes will thank you.
       

  2. You have a point of reference to how you were feeling when you look back at old entries

    • This ones for my mental health warriors. I am so grateful that I kept a journal when I was at my lowest point in life. I threw out the physical notebook of this time period because the amount of mental abuse it gave off was immense. But before I did, I tore out a few pages that really stood out to me.

      Now, when I stumble across these I have nothing but a smile on my face. It’s almost too easy to forget how far we’ve come. Sometimes our darkest times seem like an entire lifetime ago, or not even a lifetime of our own. Checking in with old notebooks from time to time is definitely a morale booster when your mental health seems to be struggling.
       

  3. Limiting beliefs are often identified through free-writing

    • Free-writing! Man, do I love it! As I said earlier, sometimes when you free write, the words on the page can surprise you. You’ll start to identify patterns in the topics you write about. If you talk about your day, within a week or a month’s time, you’ll notice which aspects of your day were privileged enough to make it into your journal. You’ll easily be able to see which events stuck out in your mind, whether they be good or bad moments.

      In my case, when looking back at high school era journals, everything I wrote about revolved around boys. I wrote about who I had a crush on, what so-and-so did during class, who was dating who, and my favorite… the pages where I would say, “I’m so over guys! It’s time to focus on something else!” …. Just to focus on guys during the next entry or so.

      I was stuck in a pattern! I didn’t know what the hell this meant then. Most people would just assume I was a teenager who was obsessed with trying to find a relationship. However, now looking back at these entries and how they were written and how they evolved, it’s so clear that all I wanted was to be wanted.

      The easiest form of validation I could find then was whether or not a boy would like me and ask me out. Therefore, as soon as my idea of being wanted or being enough was validated, I was okay, I could stop focusing on boys and focus on me. It was a continuous cycle and I would have never understood it if it weren’t for my old journals.
       

  4. You tap into higher consciousness and let spirit write through you

    • When I first heard about having ‘spirit write through me’ I was a little confused, which you probably are too right now. One of the people I admire, look up to, and deeply respect as a mentor, Gabby Bernstein, had mentioned during one of her webinars that the recently passed Wayne Dyer was able to guide her and help her write her newest book.

      Say whaaaaaat? Yeah, I was equally as intrigued and as skeptical as you are. So clearly, the woo-woo side of me said “I KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING TONIGHT!” and I planned to call on spirit to write through me during my later journaling session.

      I meditated, put on some Kundalini Yoga meditation music, lit some candles, and became my more zen self. Then I called on all the higher powers of the spirit realm to write through me and to tell me what I needed to say. I started writing and after a few minutes, I wasn’t thinking but my hand was in motion. Spirit was writing through me and it was an incredible experience. The handwriting was almost illegible but the message came through.

      If you’re someone who is in touch with your spiritual side, I urge you to ask spirit to write through you during one of your journaling sessions. It’s an amazing experience.
       

  5. The most creative ideas come when you’re not sitting behind a computer

    • Can I get an amen?!

      Personally, my best ideas come when I’m in the bathroom. Something about being in a warm steamy shower makes my creative mind whirl with ideas. Which is totally inconvenient because I can’t journal in there, BUT for the other times that I’m not in the bathroom, notebooks are key.

      I have dozens of notebooks lying around my apartment, there’s at least 2 in every room...  And I actually have 3 open around me as I’m typing this. #PaperAddict

      The point is, journaling allows you to be creative and give you the ability to release your thoughts wherever, whenever.
       

  6. Journaling is a huge component of your self-care practice

    • Self-Care is so important! The more we care about ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally, the more we’re going to thrive in life. As I said earlier when you write you’re going to be able to identify some of your limiting beliefs. Once you identify them, you get to work on the next step of eliminating them and of course, replacing them with positive, inspiring beliefs!

      This is a huge, yet super fulfilling process that I could talk about for days. So I recommend registering for this free video training to learn more about how to identify and eliminate your limiting beliefs.
       

  7. Even if you don’t write, you can cut out inspiring images and quotes, tape them onto the page, add stickers, and let your inner child come out to play for a bit

    • Any fellow graphic designers and artists in the house?? HOLLLLLER! This one’s for you. I’m a graphic designer by trade so naturally, I am more inclined to be a visual person. Plus, if you’ve ever seen a picture of my handwriting, you already know it looks like chicken scratch so cutting and pasting is always a nice break.

      I have a whole section of my journal dedicated to making collages of inspiring imagery and quotes I find on Instagram or Pinterest. It’s as simple as printing them out, cutting them up, and designing the page in a way that makes you feel good. Add stickers, stamps, ribbons, whatever! Go to your nearest craft store and stock up on some fun journal decor, you deserve a little splurge every once in awhile! Go let your inner child out for a bit and embrace how good it feels.
       

  8. Do it for the gram - Who doesn’t love showing off their beautiful new leather notebook or wonderfully designed pages?

    • Following up with the previous reason… when you make something beautiful share that shit on Instagram! I know I love getting a peek inside someone else’s journal. For me, that’s like top level secret access to someone’s palace. You never know what treasure you’re going to see and how inspired you’ll get from it. So go inspire your followers and get ready for a ton of motivational comments on your work!
       

  9. When you can’t make it out of bed, you can still get out all of your thoughts. Your journal can become your best friend.

    • Don’t worry, there are only two more reasons left! I always recommend writing when you struggle with mental illness. It’s just such a great tool to actually understand what’s going on inside your mind. It helps you look deeper than the surface, which is truly beneficial when you’re in the middle of a rough patch.

      If you’re having a very hard time with depression and haven’t been able to make it out of bed for a few days, I’ve totally been there. Having a journal in arm’s reach was a revolutionary tool for me. I didn’t have to talk to anyone, but yet I could tell the whole world (aka my journal) everything that I had been keeping bottled up inside.

      All the emotions that didn’t have words, all the words that didn’t have emotion, I was able to write and speak freely without someone questioning and judging the logic behind them all. It got the thoughts out of my head which helped me to process everything, but I didn’t have to physically speak about what I was feeling until I was ready.

      My journal became my best friend and I’m sure it will become yours too.
       

  10. When you journal every day at a specific time you are instilling a positive habit and routine to your life that you can now learn to implement in other places too

    • Here we are! Last but not least… who doesn’t love a good routine?

      By instilling a positive habit into your day-to-day, you’re easily able to create a long lasting routine of practicing self-love. The more me do something, the more it becomes habitual. Set aside 15 minutes in the morning or before you go to bed, dedicated to journaling about your day. Within 30 days, this habit will become a routine and you won’t even have to think about it anymore, it will just become a natural process of your day.

 

Do you have any other awesome reasons to journal every day?

I’m sure I could make a list a mile high! Share some of your favorite journaling results in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! xx

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Journaling is a fun and easy personal development tool.  Writing in a journal is more than cataloging today’s events. It’s about freedom of expression, it’s about capturing your soul’s work, and journaling exists to help you better understand yourself.  Free-writing is a wonderful technique that helps you tap into your subconscious mind. By the time you’re done writing a journal entry, there’s a chance some of what you wrote will surprise you. That’s because this section of your mind wasn’t ready to be verbalized but it did need to become exposed and brought to your attention.  I personally LOVE journaling.  The whole experience of writing and keeping a journal brings me to a place of peace and clarity. Which is why I've listed 10 reasons why you should be journaling every day in this blog post!

Marissa Pane

New York