The benefits of journaling

A lady sat down writing in a journal

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Journaling is something that I’ve recently started to take more seriously. I’ve always liked the idea of journaling but I never keep it up. I’m trying to take journaling more seriously now and actually make sure to allow time for it. There are so many benefits of journaling and I want to share these with you today. I can already feel the shift in my mindset for journaling regularly and I think it’s something we should all make time for.

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Improve your mental health

We often carry a lot of stress and anxiety around with us. Storing it all in our head will have a negative impact on mental health. Journaling allows you to get all of your thoughts and feelings down on paper which can often feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Writing down negative thoughts and feelings can help us really process it and sometimes you’ll even be able to flip it into a positive.

Shift your mindset 

Journaling can do wonderful things for your mindset. Writing things down allows us to look at things from a different perspective. We often look at things in a negative way, but journaling will allow you to rationalise and put a positive spin on things. Over time your mindset will start to shift and you’ll feel much more positive.

Help you to sleep better 

Do you ever go to bed and then find yourself laying there for hours on end unable to sleep? Thoughts and emotions are whirling around in your head preventing you from falling asleep. Journaling before you go to bed will allow you to get all of your thoughts and feelings down on paper before you sleep. Sometimes I find myself laying in bed thinking about what I need to do the next day. Simply writing a list in my journal before bed allows me to forget about it until the morning.

Inspires you 

Journaling can help to inspire you. Why not use your journal to visualise your dream life. Write down where you want to be in a years time, 5 years time and 10 years time. Use your journal to document your success and achievements. A lot of the time people think that journals are used to write down negative thoughts and anxieties but it can also be used to write down your accomplishments!

Allows you to easily practice gratitude 

Simply writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for each day can do wonders to your overall mental health and wellbeing. Keeping a journal makes it really easy to express gratitude daily. You just need to remember to make it a habit to get your journal out for 5 minutes at the end of each day.


By keeping a journal you can read back through and see how much has changed. It’s good to look back and reflect on your past week, month or year. You can see what you have achieved and also look for areas to improve in your life.

Builds confidence 

Journaling will allow you to become more self-aware and positive. Over time you will start to realise what your strengths are and this will help to boost your confidence.

Creates memories 

If someone asked you what you were doing on May 17th 2018 you would probably have no idea! Keeping a daily journal allows you to keep all of your memories in one place. You can look back on your journals in years to come and see all of the things you’ve accomplished and achieved.

Helps with organisation 

Journaling can help with your memory and help you stay organised. If you have an important meeting or a task that needs completing then write it down in your journal. You can even use your journal as a bullet journal for ultimate organisation!

A friend that doesn’t judge 

Do you ever have all of these thoughts and feelings but you’re scared to share them with someone due to fear of judgement. Your journal will be your friend that will never judge you! Use your journal to write down anything and everything that you want to get off of your chest.

If you’re thinking of starting a journal you should just absolutely jump right in and get started. All you need is a notebook and pen and the positive benefits will change your life in so many ways!

How do you benefit from your journal? Leave me a comment below!



1 Comment

  1. June 16, 2020 / 1:41 PM

    I would love to start a journal but I do feel like I am artistically handicapped! I can’t draw and can’t colour coordinate well so I’m sure my journal would be a whole mess haha! x

    🌿 Marissa Belle × 🌿

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