Let’s start with the young ones, your children. Firstly, journaling practices the obvious…a child’s writing skills. We have many different types of journals and different types of journals can have different intentions. Strong written communication, despite the era of text speak and emojis, is an important skill and the child that journals will be strengthening their written communication skills.
Journals provide an outline for children to recount their daily activities, thoughts and feelings. Journaling can be an outlet for some children in which they explore their emotions, especially the tough ones such as anger, fear and pain. You can also teach your child how to use their journals to make decisions. Pros and cons lists can give your child the tool of weighing the information in a situation in order to make the decision that is the best for them.
Journaling among adults has also become more popular. There are many benefits to journaling, Here are my top five reasons to journal.
1. Journaling evokes mindfulness. Research tells us that there is a strong connection between mindfulness and happiness. For this reason, mindfulness has become a daily goal for so many. Journaling brings you into a state of mindfulness. It provides a place to leave past frustrations, to reduce anxieties of the future and to focus on the present. It provides you with a place to have an active and consistent practice of gratitude.
2. Journaling increases your emotional awareness. Journaling provides an avenue to process your emotions. By processing and managing your emotions, you are increasing your self-awareness.
3. Journaling helps you to achieve your goals. Journals can be used to write your goals down and create your roadmap to the future. We are more successful at achieving our goals if we write them down. Writing your goals in your journal and taking the time to chart your way to achieving your goals is extremely motivating and increases your likelihood of success.
4. Journaling sparks creativity. Journaling provides an avenue for exercising your creative self. Whether it is answering journal prompts, brainstorming ideas or simply doodling, creativity is sparked!
5. Journaling improves your memory. There is a unique relationship between writing by hand and the brain. Whether it is writing down your thoughts on a topic, summarizing a talk you have listened to, or an article you have read, by writing it down you are more likely to remember the key points.
If you are new to journaling and not sure where to start, start with gratitude and intentions. Every day, list ten items of gratitude. They can be as big or small as you want. Mine range from watching my children move through developmental milestones, to a good cup of coffee. Then write your intentions for the day. Starting with daily gratitude and intentions are a great way to begin the rewarding practice of daily journaling.
We stock a variety of adult journals at Learn and Lead. Feel free to give us a call or drop us a line to arrange a time to purchase and pick up yours!