Effortless ways to live a more relaxed life and achieve your goals with a notebook
Have you ever thought that keeping a pen and paper next to you can do magic?
Did you know that putting out there all your thoughts on a piece of paper can be therapeutic and stress-free?
Not too long ago, I discovered the power of writing. According to research, journaling has a healing property that helps to reduce stress, keep you focused and get you to achieve your goals.
Unlike many say, the practice of journaling can be easy. With prompted journals, it can take only 5 minutes of your time in order for you to write down your thoughts.
Here is what journaling can do to you.
1. Journaling gets things DONE
With journaling, one of the biggest benefits I have seen is that it helps you to accomplish your goals. Whether it is something on your do-to list or you have a goal in life, transferring an idea to a piece of paper can actually create a vision that will you remind you of your mission.
2. Reduce STRESS & ANXIETY
Studies have found that journaling after a long and stressful day is the most effective way of dealing with your stress. Indeed, writing down all your negative thoughts can actually be an effective stress management tool. When you are writing down how your day went can actually help you to wash yourself of stress and have a quality night's sleep. Not only, do you get rid of the negativity, but now your thoughts are much clearer and more organized. As a daily habit, you can write down three things you are grateful for and one new thing you learned.
“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.”
– Jen Williamson
3. It is a form of MINDFULNESS
What people are not aware of is that with journaling you are practicing a moment of self-care and mindfulness. You are taking those 5 minutes per day to nurture your body and your soul while being present in the current moment. Journaling helps you to be fully present at the moment while enjoying a bit with yourself.
4. Boost Your MOOD
Journaling is a mood booster. Writing down what you are thankful for, and focusing on the good things in your life has been shown to have a positive impact on your mood. It all starts with being grateful for the little things we have in life.
5. It connects you to your INNER SELF
Journaling is a process of self-learning and self-discovery. The more we write about our goals and our thoughts, the more we listen to ourselves. Journaling helps us to shape our identities, what we want from life and what we don't want. It is a process where we are in contact with our inner voice which guides us to our authentic selves.
To conclude, journaling is not that hard. It doesn't require any specific technique or expertise. It is a daily habit that can be performed anytime and anywhere during the day. It can take the form of writing as well as drawing. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper.
“A journal is your completely unaltered voice.” – Lucy Dacus.