If you’re anything like me you’re a busy person who’s overwhelmed by all the things we’re told we should do to be happier and healthier.
Meditate. Journal. Goat yoga. Cryotherapy. Acupuncture. Love yourself. Supplements. Butthole sunning…
Wait, really!? Unfortunately, yes. And I too feel like that’s a bad sunburn waiting to happen.
I want to feel LESS overwhelmed not MORE. Where the heck do I even start? It feels like being overwhelmed is just the status quo and you either keep up or you get left behind like Wile E. Coyote trying to catch that darn Road Runner.
I feel ya, homie, and when I decided to try getting off the hamster wheel of life the first personal development tool I decided to take up was journaling.
I didn’t want to waste any time and I knew there was a ton of scientific research showing the massive benefits journaling can have on people’s productivity, happiness, and success. I was hoping it would help me figure out what I really wanted to spend my time on and what I wanted (or needed) to drop for my sanity.
Why I Started Journaling
I’ve always known how many benefits journaling can have but pushed it off because I was “too busy”. I was busy with the act of doing, buuuuut not so much with actually getting anything done. Have you ever felt completely deflated at the end of the day because you did all the things, but NOTHING GOT DONE? Same. SMH.
When I first started journaling it was just a scheduled 5 minutes each day and then, gradually, I started to write longer and longer. Now some days I write so long my hand feels like it’s going to fall off and other days it’s just a quick in and out to process my day.
Through journaling, I did like Warren Buffet and narrowed my goals down to the top 2 and I keep the rest on a backlog. That way they’re there when I complete one of my goals and can slide the next one in.
Journaling has also helped me tremendously with my anxiety. By writing out the stories my anxiety is telling me I can reflect on them and figure out if these are realistic worries or if it’s just BS mind games anxiety is playing with me. It also helps me figure out if there’s any action I can actually take or if I’m just spinning my wheels.
It helped me realize that:
Why, yes. I actually CAN pass my Project Management Certification and get through the classes.
No, my anxiety does NOT get to call the shots.
Learning how to talk to myself like I would to my best friend might be cliche advice, but it’s still true!
What Are the Benefits of Journaling?
Need some convincing on why you should start journaling? Keep reading!
Here’s just a brief-ish list of the benefits of journaling:
- People with asthma have fewer attacks than those who don’t journal
- Decreases doctor visits and improves immune function
- Better quality sleep
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps you prioritize your issues and worries
- Decreases depression and anxiety
- Journaling about something you learned can help you retain the information better
- Improves emotional intelligence
- Helps you uncover root issues and patterns causing issues in your life
- Separate your beliefs from what society has told you to believe
- Writing down goals makes you 42% more likely to achieve them
- Improves your communication skills
- Increases happiness
- And so much more!
What’s even better? Results from journaling are long-term!
You don’t have to journal every day to get results or for hours at a time. Don’t try and be perfect here. What you want is a sustainable practice that helps relieve stress. Not one that’s just going to add more.
If you’re looking for one single personal development tool to add to your life then journaling is it, my friends! The benefits of journaling are many and you get the biggest bang for your time. Plus, it’s free!
Starting something new can be so hard but I want you to see the benefits of journaling too! So here’s your easy button!
I put together a step-by-step guide to help you gain clarity in your life through journaling. This is a FREE 7-day email series with the exact journaling prompts that helped me figure out what my dream life looks like and how to start getting there.
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I hope this helps you get started on your journaling journey!
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