The benefits of journal writing and 30 days of writing prompts
For me, journal writing is a very therapeutic outlet, especially during times when I am particularly stressed or anxious. Journaling helps me to release all of my thoughts onto paper and reflect over what I am thinking. It gives me a way to move forward, away from my worries.
I wish I could say I wrote more in my journal when I was happy and content with life, but it’s more frequently the case that I write when I’m upset, anxious, or stressed. That’s not a bad thing though. Journaling is a great and healthy technique for dealing with stress.
But journaling does more than that.
Writing in a journal has so many physiological and mental health benefits, but there are five that I want to focus on:
- Reduce stress (if that wasn’t clear already)
- Boosts your mood
- Keeps your memory sharp
- Strengthens emotional function
- Improves your immune functions...awesome, right?
How does journal writing reduce stress?
This might not be the case for every individual, but for me personally, I just feel lighter after releasing my thoughts and concerns in my journal.
Journaling can be a form of meditation to help you relax and put your mind at ease. As you do this you can feel the physical tension release from your body.
Because stress can have so many negative impacts on your physical health, finding ways to reduce stress can help you live a longer and healthier life. Hence, journaling equals longevity? I suppose for some it might.
What causes journaling to boost your mood?
Writing about your feelings can help you better overcome heavy emotions that you are feeling, thus, boosting your mood. Much like it helps to lower stress, journaling helps you to release your emotions and find an outlet for them, rather than trying to control them and keep it all locked deep inside.
Write what you are feeling in a journal and reflect on the ways that you can change those feelings and be happier.
How does journaling help keep your memory sharp?
Similar to taking notes in classes, webinars, or work meetings, writing things down in a journal can help enhance your memory. The act of writing can help you to remember what you were learning or feeling in the moment as well as help enhance your brain function over the long term. Consider it an exercise for your brain.
How does journal writing strengthen emotional function?
Journal writing is often a very emotional experience. Most people who journal aren’t writing just to write, they have a purpose, a profound experience, or some strong emotion they are feeling as they write.
When writing like this, you become more mindful as you reflect on how you are feeling. This allows you the opportunity to release your emotions and helps your brain to better regulate your emotions. Again, this is a similar result to meditation. The more you do it, the easier it will be to control your emotions.
What effects does journal writing have on immune function?
First, think about the immense role that stress can play in the function of your immune system. People who constantly feel stress get sick more frequently than those who manage their stress well.
Second, journal writing has proven to help fight specific diseases like asthma, AIDS, and even cancer.
I’m not trying to convince you to write in a journal, but if you were ever looking for a reason to, that would definitely help.
I, personally, love writing in my journal. But, as I mentioned, I’m not very good about writing in my journal on a regular basis. I usually write when I am feeling down or stressed. So I might not get all of these benefits that journal writing can bring.
If you are looking to see increased benefits in your life from journal writing, try to write for at least 15-20 minutes 3-5 times each week. Consistency and repetition is key.
If you’re not sure what to write about, I’ve got you covered for the next 30 days.