Keeping tab of your thoughts has its perks
Keeping tab of everyday happenings could help keep the mind sharp and clear
The mind can be a messy place. Every day, we juggle a variety of thoughts in our heads: work, school, family, friends, birthdays, lunch dates, what to eat, what to wear, etc. It’s a wonder how we manage to keep track of anything.
But while it is difficult, it is not impossible. One way that the mind makes order out of chaos is through writing things down. Logging in a physical, tangible copy of to-do lists and things to remember allows us to make sense of our fragmented thoughts, and this can be done with the simple act of keeping a journal. This is different from the cheesy “Dear Diary” entries we remember from high school dramas on television, but a simple cataloguing of events with a variety of health and lifestyle benefits.
Helping with emotional stress
Writing about experiences that have caused you frustration or sadness is a way of releasing the tension. Through writing them down, you learn how to better articulate the way these events have made you feel; thus, deepening your self-understanding. This is similar to venting out your feelings to a friend, but the difference is that you are the person you are venting out to. This gives you the chance to have a clearer sense of awareness towards your own emotions, and hopefully allows you to work through them.
By setting aside time for yourself and for writing a journal, you develop a positive habit. Habits, whether good or bad, also have a tendency to spill over to the other parts of our lives. Having the self-discipline to keep a journal can create a good habit that gets you right on your tasks at work every day. Also, by reliving the day’s events, you can have a better grasp of what you should be doing in the coming days.
It is often said that the only way to improve one’s writing is to write. By keeping a journal, you allow yourself to learn new ways of articulating your thoughts and ideas. You give yourself a mode of free expression and the chance to say anything you’d like to say. By practicing how to write, you learn more creative ways of expressing simple ideas or, inversely, how to simplify complex ones.