First of all, let me just say that I understand that many of you may be skeptical about the idea of journaling. You may be thinking, “I don’t have time for that,” or “I’m not a good writer.” But I assure you, journaling is not about being a good writer or having a lot of time. It’s about taking a few moments each day to process your thoughts and feelings in a safe and private space.
So, why is journaling so powerful for emotional and mental clarity?
First and foremost, journaling allows you to process and make sense of your thoughts and feelings. We all have a lot of thoughts and feelings running through our minds at any given time, and it can be overwhelming to try to make sense of them all.
Writing them down on paper can help to organize and clarify them.
Additionally, journaling allows you to track patterns in your thoughts and feelings over time. This can help you to identify things that may be triggering negative emotions or thoughts, and can also help you to see progress and growth as you work through difficult issues.
Another powerful aspect of journaling is that it allows you to gain insight into yourself and your behaviors. By reflecting on your thoughts and feelings, you can begin to understand why you react to certain situations the way you do, and you can start to make changes to improve your emotional and mental well-being.
Finally, journaling can also serve as a form of self-care. Taking a few minutes each day to reflect on your thoughts and feelings can help to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
You may be thinking, “That’s all well and good, but I don’t know where to start.” My answer to that is: start small! Try taking just five minutes each day to write down your thoughts and feelings. You can use a notebook, a journal, or even a word document on your computer. The important thing is to find a format that works for you and to stick with it.
Journaling is a powerful tool for emotional and mental clarity. It allows you to process and make sense of your thoughts and feelings, track patterns over time, gain insight into yourself and your behaviors, and serve as a form of self-care. I encourage you to give journaling a try, and to see for yourself the positive impact it can have on your emotional and mental well-being. Thank you.
How to get started
Of course, you can journal in any notebook or even on your computer or cellphone. However, personally I’ve found that having a beautiful journal notebook to write in really helps to motivate me. It’s important to have one journal per year, and to hang onto it as a record of your feelings, thoughts and journey.
Over the years I’ve used many notebooks (well, basically one every year for 20+ years of course!). Here are a couple of my favourites:
Selene & Gaia vegan leather journal (Amazon)
A beautiful design, vegan leather – available in brown or pink (I have the brown one).
Avacado & Spice journal (Amazon)
Good quality paper, good value and one that I’ve had a few years running.
Lauren Gamble is an author, mompreneur, co-founder of Naturally Made Essentials. She is on a mission to help thousands of women across the world achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle through teaching natural health practices.