Benefits of Journalling.
Daily journaling facilitates reflection and can spark useful brainstorming about how to better strive toward your goals.
To help guide you with your journaling, you can use this handy JOURNAL acronym (Coach Federation, 2013):
J – Judgement-free
Write whatever is in your heart. Your journal is personal, private, and a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings.
O – Observation
Journaling is an excellent opportunity for you to step into an observer role. Write down things that happen to you or things you have experienced during your day and spend some time thinking about how you interpreted or reacted to them.
U – Understanding
Piggybacking off of observation, what we observe can help us reach understanding about ourselves. How we perceive what happens to us is more important than what actually happens to us, and observing how we think can help us understand our own thought patterns, which can lead to effective management of our thoughts and behaviors.
R – Revelation
This process can often lead to revelations about our desires, our dreams, our goals, and aspirations. Journaling can help us get in touch with our core selves.
N – Needs Assessment
Keeping a daily journal makes it easier to notice problems and potential solutions, as the simple act of writing something down can make it seem simpler and clearer. Keeping everything bottled up can be extremely harmful, and just putting pen to paper can sometimes be all that is needed to release some pressure.
A – Awareness
Writing down your experiences will help you to take a wider perspective on your life, as well as reminding you of problem areas and things you have to be grateful for. Raising awareness of these areas is the first step towards making the necessary changes and appreciating what you have.
L – Life
Quality Journaling is known to be an effective way to de-stress and decrease anxiety. Just a few minutes a day can have a major impact on your health and happiness.
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