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The importance of journaling

So we've all heard of #journaling, right? You've probably seen it labelled #selfcare on Instagram or Pinterest, and read people raving about the positive life changes it can bring about. But is that just hype?

Well, I suppose that depends upon your stance of #selfdevelopment. I personally feel that, as we continue to grow and learn in life, developing oneself is a crucial and liberating action. However, as the society we live in becomes continuously distanced and numb to our real feelings, maybe it's time you fought those barriers of being open to your feelings, and dig deep inside.

It all seems a little self-indulgent to begin with, I mean, who wants to write about themselves constantly? But sometimes, a bit like discussing a problem out loud, it makes more sense when you see it written down. You might realise that your feelings are actually totally valid, or maybe that your worries are totally unfounded!

Journalling doesn't just mean writing about your day, but rather looking inward a bit deeper and looking for some honest truths. I'll be honest, journalling can bring about some inner demons or some home truths that you're not ready for. But it can also be completely eye-opening and revolutionary; introducing you to feelings and thoughts that might totally change your life.

So what do you write?

Well, when you become a seasoned journaller (not a word, I know) you'll have more inspiration about what you feel the need to write about. As you develop journalling skills, you go through life and find a problem/topic that feels need some more thought; when it will benefit you to journal about it.

But until then, it feels a little unnatural and forced. So I've put together a little list below that might spark your imagination and inspire you to dive into your subconscious and see what's lurking beneath!

  • What would you tell your teenage self?

  • Write about the best day(s) of your life so far. What made them so great? How could you replicate them?

  • How does unconditional love feel to you? Do you unconditionally love someone else?

  • If your body could talk, what would it say to you?

  • What situation has taught you the most so far in life?

  • What words do you wish someone else would tell you right now?

  • When does your body feel at its best?

  • What are your strengths/skills? What are you good at?

  • What do you want from a relationship? (Current or future)

  • List three things you'd do if you weren't afraid?

  • What things have you been waiting for the 'right time' to do?

  • Who/what made you feel good this past week?

  • What would you say to someone who has inspired or believed in you? Use it to write them a letter.

Journalling needn't be a full-time job, but from personal experience, so many issues and concerns of mine I've worked out through writing it all down. Before I know it, I find myself writing something really poignant and I've answered my own worries!

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” -- Jen Williamson

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