We are looking for ways to cope up – cope with the challenges of life. One of the most amazing ways to have a perfect release of emotions to writing a journal and if possible, every day.
Almost decade ago, we saw Mona Singh making a debut with ‘Jassi Jaisi Ki Koi Nahin, wherein she played the role of the female protagonist. One of the main characteristics of ‘Jassi’ was that she kept a daily journal – which made that trend very popular in young girls. Soon bright pink ‘Jassi diaries’ were selling like hotcakes. That was one good thing television gave to young India.
Diaries have stirred revolutions, diaries have given us a very deep dive into the lives of people whom we barely knew. Remember Anne Frank’s diary? Remember Amrita Pritam?
Here are five reasons why you should keep a journal:
1. It gives your emotions a release:
Bottled up emotions are a common phenomenon. We are often ignorant about how we feel. Writing them down helps immensely. It brings you clarity. It is a tried and tested method that is passed on for centuries.
2. It has a positive impact on your health:
Scientific evidence supports both these theories – ‘writing helps bring in a clarity of thought thereby reducing stress’ and ‘stress affects your mental and physical health in a negative way’. A=B=C; Journal Writing = Less Stress = Better Health.
3. It can make you more intelligent emotionally:
While we have always focused on IQ – intelligence quotient – we do not know much about emotional quotient. Emotional quotient is your ability to manage your emotions and deal with them. Journalling can help you manage your emotions better, thereby increasing your EQ.
4. Boost your memory & interpretation:
When you write down a certain incident that happened to you during the course of the day, you are giving yourself scope to interpret it in a better manner. There is no need to explain how penning something down helps a majority of people remember it better.
5. It makes you self-aware, self-disciplined:
Our sub-conscious mind that manifests in the form of dreams is a complex system. We barely know what is in our conscious mind – but writing a journal can help you become more self-aware as it becomes easy to pinpoint exactly what is bothering you. Also, making it a habit inculcates self-discipline.
As you see, there is no harm in starting a new habit of keeping a daily journal. Try it for yourself!