Keep­ing tab of your thoughts has its perks

Keep­ing tab of ev­ery­day hap­pen­ings could help keep the mind sharp and clear

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT CAR­LOS TABUNDA IL­LUS­TRA­TION MARTIN DIEGOR

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.

Im­prov­ing self-dis­ci­pline

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.

Ex­pand­ing cre­ativ­ity

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.

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