Did you know that there are therapeutic benefits to journaling? Not only does it help you to purge negative thoughts and feelings as you write them down, but it also helps you to gain perspective. In a recent study exploring resiliency factors in women who lost their husbands to suicide, five of the six women discussed how writing in a journal or on a blog helped them move forward in the grief process.
We talk about the importance of exercise for our bodies, but journaling may be similarly helpful for our mental health and spiritual health. This allows us to see how we’ve changed and grown, and also helps us to identify areas where we may be stuck.
It isn’t so much about how much you write or how often — the key is to JUST WRITE!
I encourage you if you are not doing so already, take time to journal. Write when you are mad. Write when you are excited! Share your heart on paper. Not only will you be glad you did, but who knows — your words may be an encouragement to someone else in the future.
How has journaling been beneficial for you? Will you share your experience with journaling to encourage others?