If you do a quick search on Amazon for journals, you come up with thousands of different results. Gratitude journals, daily journals, five-minute journals, the journal for the woman who has no time to journal, and more. Phew. It’s a little overwhelming! We’ll talk more about types of journals later this month. First, I want to talk about the benefits. Why are these journals so popular? What’s all the hype about? Can journaling actually help improve your health? Why are you thinking about getting one for your bestie right now? Let’s explore the research a little and talk about these benefits.
Why should women with anxiety and confidence concerns start to journal?
I already know you’re amazing. Trust me. You are. But sometimes, that #Fact can be forgotten by the person whose opinion really matters. You, boo. Our brains can be really mean sometimes. Our privately-held thoughts can snowball into pretty destructive forces while they roll around in our heads. But, putting pen to paper can remove some of the power that our subconscious has over our happiness. Get it out. Don’t let it build in there. Dump it and be rid of that extra noise. It’s not gone forever. You can still read it if you want. But, at that point, it is a choice to take in that content. To sit with it. Consider the thoughts as you would anything else external to you. You can always close the book and disengage. See what I mean by taking away the power? Powerful stuff.
Why should successful, high-performing women journal?
Your brain is moving so fast and you have a to-do list that will literally never end. So, why would I tell you to write MORE? Am I losing it? Nope. I’m not just giving you more homework here, I swear. What I’m doing is giving you a gift. The gift of a practice that will help you be even more productive and efficient. Journaling, as I said before, will help organize those circling and chaotic thoughts. You will have more clarity once those thoughts are on paper. A place to pour your big ideas, dreams, fears, goals, “what ifs”, and more. Maybe they are directly related to your work, but maybe they aren’t! Having a dedicated place to write all of those thoughts down is going to give you structure in the chaos. Then, you’ll have more brain space for the things you want to focus on. Your core genius can thrive with journaling.
“Putting pen to paper is a mystical way to access your most profound truths” – Marie Forleo; Everything Is Figureoutable
Women’s Health Benefits of Journaling
Journaling goes even beyond just the psychological frame of mental health benefits. There are even physical benefits to journaling. Lower heart rate, more focused attention on your current tasks, and even a reduction in chronic symptoms! Don’t believe me? Let’s go to the books:
“A study published in 2006 in the journal of the American Medical Association found that patients struggling with a chronic illness, who wrote down their thoughts about stressful situations, actually experienced fewer physical symptoms than patients who did not journal.”
13 Benefits of Journaling for Women:
- Strengthens self-confidence
- Heightens self-awareness
- Helps identify and confirm your values
- Clarifies your needs and wants
- Helps stay congruent and in alignment with you want to be
- Inspires creativity
- Helps track and acknowledge small changes over time
- Gives direction toward your goals
- Reduces stress
- Improves physical health
- Helps understand another’s perspective
- Boosts your memory
- Helps build good habits
Journaling is a Beautiful Self-Care Practice for Women with Anxiety, Perfectionism, and Codependency Concerns
Above all, journaling is a self-care practice. You are intentionally creating a habit that will serve you not just now but in the future. If you have kids, you are modeling positive practices that they may emulate one day. You might even be giving your loved ones a gift down the line. A window into your heart and mind right now, where you are today.
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