Photo Credit - Sonia T

Photo Credit – Sonia T

When it comes to journaling, it’s more about the practice than it is about what’s being written. Creating a writing routine can make you a better person. In fact, it allows you to explore the depths of your soul and to consider possibilities that may otherwise be outside your reach.

Journaling regularly allows you to have a better connection with yourself. You don’t have to censor your thoughts or your words. You can be crass, critical, caring, careful, calculated, and confident all at once. You can relive the best moments of your life over and over again in only a way that you can tell the story.

You get to explore the relationships that you’ve built in finer detail. You can evaluate the role your family members, friends, and significant others play in your life. You can tell your journal a secret and never worry about it spilling the beans to someone or saying something out of anger (password protect digital journals and padlock your hard copy journals for added security).

Your journal will allow you to see when you’re being ridiculous. It will show you where you missed opportunities and allow you to bask in the glory of a job well done. Your journal with be with you when no one else is. It can travel to the places you go and serve as a fond reminder of the things you’ve seen, done, and experienced while traveling, doing volunteer work, and even exploring your own backyard.

Journaling gives you something to work towards. It helps you discover new interests and make them a part of your day-to-day routine. Journaling gives your brain a workout and keeps you sharp. It helps you record special moments in history and your thoughts about them. If your journal was shared, it could very well be an important document for others to learn from.

As you can see, a journal can very well be your best friend. It can provide you comfort in the darkest of times and improve your overall mental health and well-being. It doesn’t take much to get started. In fact, you can write on scraps of paper around your home, download an app that allows you to capture your thoughts on the go or use journaling software that you keep on your computer for those times when writing is the first thing on your mind.

Journaling is by far one of the most gratifying practices a person can engage in. If you haven’t had a chance to explore keeping a journal, you’ll want to give it a try. Everyone has their own unique story to tell. Why not record yours the way only you know how to write it?

So, what are you waiting for? Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and start documenting your thoughts and the events of your days. Pay special care to capture those moments that mean the most to you. One day you’re going to need something spectacular to read. Why can’t it be the journal you kept for yourself?

photoCharissa Struble is a freelance writer, social media manager, and internet marketer.  Her hobbies involve traveling, photography, volunteering, journaling, and creating art. Some of the other publications she’s been involved with include: Intuit, Generation X Finance, WiseBread, and Easy Journaling. You can learn more about her and her travels by visiting www.girldogblog.com