The Perks of Journaling
Welcome back to the Fieldstone Farm Blog! We’ve written about the benefits of power reading on the blog, and this month, we are excited to write about the perks of journaling, because reading and writing go hand-in-hand. Read on to learn more about why journaling is good for you.
Keeping a journal is good for you in so many ways, a few being that it helps strengthen your memory, self-discipline, communication skills, and problem-solving skills. It’s also a great way to record your life history and leave a legacy behind for future years! If you’re not in the habit of keeping a journal, or if you just want more ideas for upping your journaling game, read on for ideas and tips.
Consistently write something. As with any habit you’re trying to take on or get better at, make an effort to stay consistent with it, whether it’s a normal part of your daily routine or a weekly thing. Create a reading and writing nook in your apartment! Supply it with a good lighting, a writing surface, and your favorite pen. Whatever your schedule, stick to it and make it not a chore but something enjoyable and therapeutic for you. Get in the habit by doing it, one step at a time.
Try a new type of journal. If you prefer to simply write the day’s events and important thoughts to yourself in a notebook, that’s perfect. But if you want to change it up or if you need something to get the gears in your mind turning, try a different kind of journal. It can be a happiness journal in which you write one happy thing a day, a fitspiration journal in which you write your goals and things about your health you’re grateful for, or a life history journal in which you can collect and tell your life stories. If you just need some prompts, try these 52 memory keeping journal questions or go month by month with these June journal prompts.
Use it to express yourself. You definitely don’t have to share your journal with anyone, but you can still express yourself to and for yourself by making your journal your own. Maybe you express yourself better through pictures than words. Maybe you like to write poetry. Maybe you like to write about your favorite places in Odenton or the history of Maryland. Create your own work of art so it can be true to you. This will only make journaling more fun and meaningful for you, so set aside the time and space to dedicate some time to journaling and you’ll be glad you did, now and in years to come!