The benefits of keeping a journal

The benefits of keeping a journal

There are a number of different journals and diaries you can keep, such as travel, personal, dream, and gratitude to name a few. You may have a few different journals to reflect on various aspects of your life, but overall they share amazing benefits!

Our Just Us Planner can help you set out exercise and daily goals, track your sleep and practice gratitude. With that in mind, here are five benefits of using a journal!

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Set and achieve your goals

A journal is the best place to track your goals, aspirations and ambitions. A great idea is to set bigger monthly goals, like reading that book that has been sitting on your shelf for way too long. Then each day set smaller, achievable goals such as getting 10,000 steps or drinking more water.

By keeping them all in one place you can monitor your progress and fuel your motivation to cross off each goal as you achieve them!

Relieve stress

Use a mood tracker to express yourself in your journal. Writing down your feelings helps you to unload all of your anxieties or frustrations that could be stopping you from having a great day. The best time to do this is in the morning so you can get it all off your chest before carrying on with your day.

Overall, this allows you to free up any tensions but also allows you to see if there are any recurring things that are leading to your anxiety or negative emotions.

Self reflection

Following on from tracking your moods, journaling can help you learn so much about yourself. A journal allows you to stop and take a look at what you’re grateful for and all that you have achieved.

We recommend filling out half of your gratitude list in the morning, and completing it before bed to get a full rounded view of your day and what influenced it.

Keeping organised

There are no limits to what you can record in your journal. Track your workouts, steps, water intake, moods, goals and more! You can even take note of key events or meetings you have day to day.

Not only can it keep you physically organised, but you can become mentally organised too. You can keep track of what influences both positive and negative moods, for example, to take charge of your wellbeing.

Inspire creativity

When jotting down thoughts and goals, you may find yourself getting into a flow of writing. If you get into a flow, don’t stop! Grab another notebook, date the page and write to your heart’s content – there are no rules to what you can and cannot write in your personal journal.

We all have the ability to be creative, whether you realise it or not. Let your imagination run wild and explore your artistic side.

There are endless benefits to keeping a journal, so why not start now? Once you start you will never want to stop!


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