“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say”
One of my New Years Resolutions (as it is every year) is to start writing in a journal on a more consistent basis.
I was given my first journal my Freshman year of high school.
Since receiving that first journal, I probably have a good 5 or 6 of them that are full of every detail of my life. Writing out exactly how something or someone made me feel was how I dealt with things on a daily basis and I seriously believe it got me through a lot of shit (maybe some shit that wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it was, but still).
When I was good about it, I would write every. single. day. Nowadays though life just seems to get in the way (well mostly sleep) and I don’t write nearly as often as I should or as I would like to.
I strongly believe though that everyone should have a journal. It doesn’t have to be an everyday thing, by any means, but it should be a place to go when you need to deal with life because writing things out really can make a huge difference.
My Top Reasons to Start a Journal:
1. Work Through Your Problems: As I mentioned in this post, I’ve struggled a lot with “what I want to be when I grow up” and if you picked up any of my journals post high school, this would be very clear, but writing out my thoughts, my fears, my goals, always helped me get a little grasp on reality. I certainly don’t have it figured out yet, but writing about it always soothes me…for a bit 😉
2. Deal with Feelings: Once I stopped journaling everyday, I quickly realized I would only go to my journal when I was really worked up about something. My journals (especially high school) are full off my over dramatic feelings that I’m sure at the time felt so real, but every time I wrote them down I was able to process them that much easier. Writing out how you feel and what you think is incredibly therapeutic and a great way to see things a bit clearer.
3. A Life History: Personally, my favorite thing about keeping a journal is being able to look back at how far I’ve come. It’s even crazy to go back and read things I wrote about that seemed to be such a big deal, but that I really wouldn’t have any recollection of if I hadn’t read about it. I think it’s great to have a little reminder of what you’ve been through, how you handled it, and how you got to where you are today. Having a journal keeps track of all of that.
4. Relieves Stress: Writing in itself is extremely therapeutic, but writing about what is happening in your life is a great way to relieve the day-to-day stress. As I mentioned above, once you start writing about your feelings and working through your problems, you won’t constantly be thinking about them. Just get it all out and be done with it.