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The Benefits of Journaling

There are probably several of you who are reading this and can remember keeping a diary when you were younger, recording events in your life: where you went, who you were with, what happened. It may have had a lock on it and you would have been horrified if any one read it.

Journaling is similar to a diary – recording events and experiences to help us remember later. But it also allows self-reflection so that we can give ourselves feedback. Some other benefits include:

  • Helps work out issues and developing solutions by writing them down.
  • Allows us to “vent”, writing things we wouldn’t say or do in person.
  • Helps us find the appropriate words to communicate with others.
  • Allows us to dream and put ideas down in writing with no judgment.
  • Gives us some quiet time to slow down our pace and reflect on life.
  • Helps us set goals – thinking about doing something is one thing, but putting it on paper gives it a whole new meaning.

 iStock_000003666768MediumFor example, write a list of 100 things you want to do, a “bucket list” if you will. It may sound silly, but writing them down gives you the opportunity to look at the list and think. What do I need to do to accomplish that? Writing down 100 makes you think outside the box and challenge yourself.

EveryWoman’s Journal is an education outreach program that teaches women how to use proactive health journaling techniques. To learn more about the program and scheduled workshops please visit our website.


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