One of my friends recently posted publicly about her battle with depression. It’s not an easy thing to talk about, especially to the entire world. The automatic response to is to hide your feelings because no one wants to hear about the bad stuff going on. They want to look at photos of cute puppies and rainbows on social media. But when emotions are ignored for long periods of time, they remain deep inside and can have a destructive impact on your physical and mental health. Try to release them in one of the five ways below, so that they aren’t building up inside you. Disclaimer: We are not doctors and we’re certainly not saying the below suggestions are a cure for depression. Keep Reading

Believe it or not, September is National Self-Improvement Month. Perhaps it’s because school starts again or maybe it’s because a new season begins on the 22nd. Regardless, this month is a time to set goals, attend a conference, or do anything that makes you a better person. Not sure how to celebrate? We got you covered with journal prompts that will get you thinking about…well, you. Keep Reading

Do you write in a journal regularly? Maybe you used to keep a journal but aren’t in the habit of writing anymore, or maybe you’ve meant to start journaling for a while, but can’t find the time. Whatever the reason, if you aren’t keeping a journal, you’re missing out on some impressive benefits. Journaling is an excellent tool for personal development, and it can improve your life in a number of ways. Here are seven ways you’ll benefit from writing in a journal.

  1. You’ll get to know yourself better. What matters most to you in life? What are your core values, beliefs, and desires? For many people, these questions are surprisingly difficult to answer. It’s easy to get so caught up in the demands of everyday life that you don’t really think about your own needs or values. Journaling is a simple way to get back in touch with yourself so you can live with more integrity and purpose.
  2. Journaling goes hand-in-hand with goal setting. When you jot down a few lines about your life every day, you’ll have an easier time picking out patterns in your day-to-day behavior. You’ll probably also start noticing some things you want to change or improve. If you’ve been feeling like you’re just drifting through life lately, keeping a journal can help you regain a sense of direction and momentum.
  3. You’ll solve problems more easily. Have you ever wanted to talk through a problem with somebody, but no one was around to listen? You can always count on a journal being there for you (and it won’t interrupt you, either). True, you’re really just talking to yourself by writing in a journal, but the simple act of organizing your thoughts on paper can help you see your situation more clearly. As a result, you’ll make better decisions and solve problems more efficiently.
  4. You’ll become more aware of your habits. Many people are blind to their own habits – it’s surprisingly easy to just not notice the things you do automatically. Writing in a journal can help you spot the habits you’ve got on autopilot, whether they’re positive or negative. In addition, if you want to break a bad habit, there’s no better place than a journal to track your progress.
  5. A journal helps you capture ideas. Do you ever get a great idea one day, and completely forget what it was the next? Turn your journal into a catch-all for your thoughts and ideas, and you won’t have to worry about this happening anymore. In fact, it’s a good idea to write down all your stray ideas in your journal, even if you think you won’t use them. They might be a valuable source of inspiration later on.
  6. Journaling helps you manage your emotions. Sometimes you’ve just got to vent. A journal is a private, non-judgmental space for you to work through all your emotions in your own time. The act of writing itself can be enough to help you calm down and feel more centered. Don’t just limit yourself to writing about negative emotions, either. Write about your happy days as well – you’ll enjoy looking back on those entries in the future.
  7. You’ll have a record of how far you’ve come. Does it seem like each year goes by faster than the last one did? If you don’t keep a record of your life, the past can seem like a blur, especially as you get older. Writing in a journal is one of the best ways you can slow time down a little and preserve your memories. Whether you journal about your personal goals, your kids’ milestones as they grow up, or just your day-to-day events, you’ll be glad to be able to read your past entries and see how you’ve changed and grown since then.

Anyone can benefit from writing in a journal. Journaling boosts your self-awareness, helps you find direction in your life, and even improves your emotional health. If you’re on the fence about journaling, why not open a free JRNL account and give it a try today? The simple act of writing could give you a fresh outlook on your life.

This week’s guest post is written by Dionna Sanchez.

I am so excited about this idea of creating a Homemaking Journal to pass down. I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Homemaking Journals were actually passed down through generations in the “olden days.” It is a journal where you record in one place all things related to homemaking. You can pick and choose any of the following to include in your Homemaking Journal or include them all if you wish! Keep Reading

People have kept journals for centuries. Some journals, such as those of Samuel Pepys and Oscar Wilde, have achieved fame and notoriety. But for every published journal which gains public interest, thousands of private journals are written solely for the writer’s benefit. One of the key benefits of journaling is the positive effect it can have on health.

What Are the Health Benefits of Journaling?

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It may surprise you that the health benefits of journaling are physical and psychological. A research program conducted at the University of Texas showed that writing a journal reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and can also ease pain associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Psychological studies show journaling to be an effective form of therapy. People who keep a journal are more relaxed, develop more effective problem-solving skills, and make better decisions. There is also a link between journaling and creativity. Keep Reading

Back to School Journal PromptsWhen I was growing up, I was often so anxious on the first day of school that I ended up sick and missing it. No joke – I actually made myself sick with nervousness. In hindsight, writing my thoughts in a journal would have probably helped tremendously. Then my parents could have talked to me about the worries that now seem ridiculous: What if no one wants to talk to me? What if the teacher hates me? What if no one likes me?

Soon we’ll be back in the routine of taking kids to the bus stop, helping with homework, or perhaps we’ll be returning to school ourselves. Take a few minutes to answer a few of these journal prompts and feel better knowing that you’ve planned for a successful year. Keep Reading

I’m late on my weekly post and with good reason. My husband and I finally closed on our first home together last Friday! We then packed up what was our temporarily living space and moved into our new place.

Write This In Your Journal

Our first floor is now covered in boxes but while the floors were still bare, he surprised me in the most romantic way. We were standing in front of our new house with new door locks to install. He scooped me up and “carried me over the threshold,” popped a bottle of bubbly, and turned on our wedding song. As if that wasn’t enough, he closed the scene by stating, “Make sure you write this in your journal.” Keep Reading

what is the difference between a diary and a journal?We often get the question, what is the difference between a diary and a journal? To the casual observer, a diary and a journal may appear to be the same thing. Indeed, many people use the two words interchangeably, unaware that there are some key differences between a diary and a journal.

So what is the difference and why does it matter to you? If you decide to keep a diary, a journal, or both, it matters a great deal and understanding the distinctions will make it easier to share your thoughts, express your opinions and expand on your ideas.

Every diary is different–as is every journal–but the key differences between the two forms of self-expression are largely the same. Here are some of the biggest factors that distinguish a diary from a journal and vice versa. Keep Reading

Modern life is stressful, and there is not a lot you can do about that. The demands of work and family can really take their toll, and it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed.

Even so, you do not have to succumb to the stresses of everyday life. Learning some simple relaxation techniques can help you get through the day without an emotional explosion, and you do not need a lot of time to make that happen. Here are five effective stress busters you can do in five minutes or less. Keep Reading

This week, we’re honored to have author Diana Raab, PhD, joining us. The following post is an excerpt from her upcoming book, “Writing for Bliss: A Seven Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life.” Click here to pre-order it through Amazon.

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