4 Things I've learnt from Journaling For 30 Days

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 So I know I'm taking a bit of a blogging break at the moment, but I just felt like posting this blog post. Earlier this year I suggested reasons why you should keep a journal, and last month I finally took my own advice and started one. Sure, I'd kept journals in the past, but never so consistently as in the past month. I wanted to test the waters and see if it would work for me. 

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Now journaling is a very personal thing and will obviously have different effects for different people based on your intentions and what you choose to write about, but today I'm going to be talking about how keeping a journal has helped my mental health and the things I've learnt from keeping one. 


I wanted to keep a journal to note down the things I got up to each day, my thoughts and feelings as well as practising gratitude and having a place to write about how things were going with meditating. 


The change wasn't instant, it took time and a consistent effort to journal every day, but I'm starting to see such positive effects in my life and mental wellbeing since I began journaling around a month ago. So, here are the four things I've learnt:


I have a lot to be grateful for:

It's easy sometimes to overlook what we have and focus all our attention on what we're missing, but through practising gratitude (writing down three things I have to be grateful for each day) I've found that I can see now just how much I have to be thankful for in life. From where I live to having my finances in order, to all the creative avenues I have to express myself and getting to spend time with my dogs and go to Starbuck's regularly. I'm now starting to see that I am already complete within myself and have everything I could need. 


Thoughts are just passing:

Another thing I've learnt is that no matter how intense thoughts and emotions can be, they're just temporary and you have to experience the negative in order to experience the good. I've learnt that letting myself feel whatever I need to feel is important in life and having that set time each day where I can write down what's bothering me really helps in terms of motivation to not be so wrapped up in my thoughts and do the things I want to do with my day instead.


Meditation is such a powerful tool:

I'd always disregarded meditation as being over-hyped and not worth my time, but I'm so glad I started doing it. It helps with anxiety and stress and I find that I'm spending less time worrying now than I used to a month ago. 


There is a positive future for me:


A month or so ago I was in a really awful place emotionally and I'd been there for quite some time, while journaling isn't some miracle cure for mental illness, it's definitely helping me manage some of the symptoms I experience and as a result I'm starting to look more towards the future while appreciating the present. 


Anyway that's it for this post. I know in a few weeks time my mood will probably have dipped again as it usually does, but I'm posting this so I have something to look back on so I know it's not always so bad. Until next time, 
Beth

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