The Benefits of Journaling

by Angelina Gage
An Emotional Journey: The Benefits of Journaling

A couple weeks ago, I decided to set a new goal for myself. I aimed to achieve something that was not too scary to try but definitely a change from my comfort zone. I decided to explore the benefits of journaling for 2 weeks. Every other day, I decided I would write down my thoughts and feelings at the end of the day.

I had heard many benefits from journaling and writing down your thoughts on a consistent basis made you feel more in touch with yourself and your emotions so I decided to give it a try.

Journal writing has many emotional benefits.

First, it increases your emotional intelligence. Through writing down your emotions, you have the increased ability to understand, process, and utilize emotions and emotional experiences. You are able to recognize emotions easier and empathize better when others share their emotional thoughts with you as well. Writing also reduces stress because it is a way to deal with stressors in your life that need a healthy release. If you’re feeling stressed, getting out your immediate emotions on paper can feel extremely relieving. It gives a sense of being heard in a non-judgmental space.

 

After journaling for 2 weeks, I felt a lot more in tune with myself emotionally and physically. My self-esteem boosted a noticeable amount because I felt more confident with my emotional well-being and happiness. I felt more comfortable when having heart felt conversations with my friends. I was in touch with my emotions and could translate my feelings better when comforting others in times of need. It felt good to take a moment out of my night to reflect on how I’m feeling regarding school, my social life, future goals of mine, etc. Anything that came to mind would get written down in my notebook.

I think the benefits of journaling made me realize if my thoughts are aligning with the person that I want to become.

I definitely recommend journaling for anyone who wants to add a new task to their day without it feeling like too much of a chore. There’s something to take away from every person’s journaling experience. Writing should feel abstract and subjective. There are no right or wrong answers, just a fun way to focus on mindfulness and well-being!

About the author: Angelina Gage
My name is Angelina Gage and I'm a junior at California State University, Chico. My major is communication studies with a minor in psychology. When I'm not in school, I spend time in my hometown located in the Bay Area. I love spending time with friends, traveling, and photography. I'm interested in public relations, social media, and marketing strategies.

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