Today’s blog will be about a personal secret of mine – Journaling. It’s always been a part of me, but today I’ve decided to share it with my readers in case it would be useful to anyone.
I started journaling before I really realized what it was all about. I began keeping a notebook when I was very young and thought it was something that only I did. It was difficult for me to grow up in Saudi Arabia without having any friends. I’ve always struggled to make new friends, which had left me feeling lonely most of the time. I used to be a quiet kid in school with no friends who couldn’t get along with anyone and was also academically challenged. I was always silent and afraid to speak to my teachers or even my classmates, but my emotions were all over the place in my head. Slowly, I began to realize that when I began writing, I was able to put my emotions into words, and this is how I began to understand what I was experiencing from within. When I wasn’t writing my journal, all I knew was that I was having a bad day, a sad day, or an angry day, but I never knew why I was feeling that way or what had caused me to feel that way.
I came upon a lovely notebook one day and decided to buy it to use as my own journal. Writing in my journal book has become an important part of my everyday routine since that day.
Most people write about their daily activities in their journals, but for me, it’s more about how I felt about the day and how the individuals I encountered made me feel. I procrastinate in my thoughts about my emotions, but once I start writing them down in my diary, I can figure out which events from my day triggered which emotion. In this way, I gradually began to comprehend myself. Who am I, exactly? What brings me joy? What causes me to be sad? What irritates me? How do you deal with someone who is rude? What should I do about my insecurities? etc., because when I write about my day, I also write about how I reacted to a scenario, and if it didn’t turn out well, I write about how I could have reacted differently for it to have turned out better. This is how I gradually learned my life lessons on my own, day by day, and eventually grew into a stronger person. Keeping a journal also allows me to relive a pleasant experience exactly as I felt while writing it. When I read what I wrote years ago, I’ll be able to replay the entire incident in my head. I try not to read the most heartbreaking ones, but if I feel like I’m making the same mistake again, I read a difficult section of my diary to help me realize what I’m doing and where it will be leading me to.
I’d like to conclude my blog for today with a few points that I believe the journal may assist with:
1- Journaling can help you recuperate more quickly
Researchers discovered that writing about traumatic situations helped patients make sense of what had happened and lessened their distress. Long-term stress can raise the level of stress chemicals like cortisol in your body, weakening your immune system. As a result, writing about difficult situations lowers cortisol levels and allows you to recuperate more quickly.
2- Journaling can help you feel less stressed and anxious
Before you descend into rumination and tension, journaling allows you to work through your nervous sensations and compulsive anxieties. You obtain a more realistic perspective on life when you ask yourself how likely the worst-case situation is. Putting your ideas on paper can assist you in identifying stress-inducing thoughts and ideas that are reality distortions.
3- Journaling allows you to gain knowledge from your experiences
When learning experience is linked with reflection, it is more effective. When you journal and reflect on your day, you’re more likely to learn from your experiences.
4- Writing in a journal helps you develop your communication skills
When you journal, you learn to articulate yourself more clearly. As a result, you’ll be able to communicate your feelings to others more effectively. The more self-aware you are, the easier it will be for others to understand you.
5- Keeping a journal can help you sleep better
People who make to-do lists and journal about tasks they need to accomplish, fall asleep substantially faster than those who write about finished activities, according to one study. The study indicates that writing a detailed to-do list for around 5 minutes before bedtime can help you sleep better. The study participants fell asleep faster when the list was more explicit.
6- Journaling helps you achieve your goals
A journal might assist you in committing your aspirations to paper. You’re also more likely to attain your goals if you write them down. A diary may help you reflect on past triumphs and disappointments, as well as better plan for the future. Journaling allows you to keep track of your progress and see what works and what doesn’t. It’s also a record of your previous achievements, which might come in handy on overcast days when nothing seems to be going right. Accountability is also aided by journaling.
What are your thoughts on journaling, readers? Please let me know in the comments section.
By Hariza Zahir