Do you keep a daily or weekly journal? If you do, you are probably aware of the benefits of journaling that you can gain from consistently writing in your journal. Keeping a diary of the day’s events can aid in stress reduction and become a path towards healing. Journaling also helps with problem solving; enhances creativity and even plays a role in personal growth as well as helps your writing ability blossom. The benefits of journaling can be as individual and numerous as the leaves on a tree.
There is something about putting pen to paper – or in this day and age — fingertips to keyboard. I’ve kept a journal on and off throughout the years since I was a young girl. As a child, I had a pretty pink diary with gold trimmed pages that came with a silver lock and key. I remember the very day I got it. I was about 6 years old and was participating in a meeting with my Brownie Troop. As Christmas was just around the corner, we had a gift swap that day. When it was my turn to choose a gift, I reached into the basket and pulled out one of the presents inside. Once every girl had a gift in her hand, it was time for a “group unwrapping”. As I pulled away the red and green paper, I was overjoyed to see what was inside – my first diary!
I went home that afternoon and wrote my first entry. It was so exhilarating to me that I could write all of my hopes, dreams and secrets into this little pink book and lock them up at the end of the day. And I wrote about EVERYTHING! When I got a new puppy, I wrote about that. When I was angry with my sister, words of frustration appeared on the page. The day I lost another tooth – the night Aunt Charlotte died – all documented on small gold-bordered pages.
As I got older, I wrote about my first boyfriend, my first kiss, graduation, and the day I left home to move to California. I no longer had a pretty pink book with a silver key but instead would choose journals that had pictures of nature on the cover or smelled of leather.
Regardless of the shape, size, style or what was depicted on the cover these journals became some of my most important friends. Friends I could share anything with. Friends who would elate in my triumphs and support my hopes and dreams. Friends who would cry with me during times of pain and defeat. And friends who could ALWAYS keep my secrets, not divulging a single word to anyone.
Journals have been a meaningful part of my life; perhaps the same holds true for you. In the event you are interesting in learning more about how to keep a journal, Wikihow shares some great advice.