• Dr. Denise Dennis

Journaling: A Habit That Can Change Your Life

Journaling is a habit that’s been around for centuries. Men and women have been chronicling their stories to preserve history, express themselves, and leave an account of their lives. Journaling has many benefits outside of self-expression. Journaling is great for-

  • Reducing stress

  • Tracking progress

  • Improving communication skills

  • Finding inspiration

  • Sorting through difficulties

and much more. Journaling is a habit that can literally change your life.

Journaling reduces stress and anxieties- Journaling can help you get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. This can help you rid your mind of whatever is upsetting or bothering you. The great thing about journaling is you don’t have to limit yourself to how you journal. It helps to give yourself an emotional release on paper writing down things you may not be willing or able to say out loud.

Journaling helps track progress- We know that goals don’t mean much without supporting habits. Journaling is a great way to track your habits and progress towards your goals which can help you make important decisions if something needs to change in order to reach your goals.

Journaling helps improve communication- Journaling is a great way to practice storytelling. Journaling on a frequent basis improves written communication and may help improve your inter-personal skills.

Journaling sparks inspiration- Regular journaling can spark bouts of creativity and inspiration. From storytelling, poetry, to songwriting, there are plenty of ways to use journaling to boost creativity. Creating a habit to explore whatever inspires you can help you improve your mental health, reduce stress, and stay creative.

Journaling has therapeutic benefits- Journaling is a great way to sort through difficult feelings or seasons of life. Having a safe place to record thoughts and ideas is a wonderful way to get them out on paper and out of your head. Like a trusted friend who is a great listener, journals are wonderful for just getting all of your emotions out of your system into one place.

Journaling is a great habit that can help you regulate your mood, get through difficult times, and be creative. Journaling doesn’t have to take a lot of time and it can be done anytime of the day or night. Journals can also be electronic, longhand, or pictorial. There’s no right or wrong way to create a journaling micro habit, do what works best for you!

For more tips on creating new habits that stick, download my free guide: Habit Hacks: Simple Hacks to Help You Build New Habits

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