Journaling SUCKS, Why Bother?

Yea, yea, yea I know. It can. As a former educator both in the public school system and on the college level who taught English as a Second Language, I can understand. We have way too many grammar rules.

And why?

For what reason?

Well I assume so we all speak the same way. But what does that have to do with writing in your journal?

 

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

Who are you turning your journal into for a grade?

No one, I hope.

A journal is your safe, sacred, free space to write everything you are thinking, want to say and wished you had said/done. This is your space to think big, dream wild and express yourself freely. Journaling is a great way for those who have so much on their mind to declutter.

I’ve been advocating for mental detoxing since January. I know the therapeutic benefits, personally. But I’m not trying to force you to use this as a way to cleanse your mind. What I am advocating for is to use journaling as a way to be able to keep moving forward in life.

Journaling not only mentally detoxes your mind but it helps to increase your productivity because you’re keeping track of what you have done or need to do. You are also able to free write or mind dump. That allows for you to think creatively on solutions for problems you’re facing. Journaling can be done on a post it, napkin, piece of paper, spiral notebook or in a beautiful journal. That’s up to you.

But I highly recommend that you use a guided journal if you want to accomplish a goal and not sure how to be consistent with writing on a daily basis. Did you know,

James Pennebaker stated from his research in Writing To Heal, “Since the mid-1980s an increasing number of studies have focused on the value of expressive writing as a way to bring about healing. The evidence is mounting that the act of writing about traumatic experience for as little as fifteen to twenty minutes a day for three or four days can produce measureable changes in physical and mental health. Emotional writing can also affect people’s sleep habits, work efficiency, and how they connect with others.”

This quote I read a few years ago has lead me to shifting my thought process, how I prepare for my month, week, day. It also has helped me understand that if I want to be my best, then I need to be able to focus and not be frustrated. So I urge you to spend 90 days in The Truth Confidant Journal and see what foundation you can build.

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