When many people think of journaling, they remember coming home from elementary school or junior high and writing about their newest crush, then hiding it away from the prying eyes of siblings and parents. Luckily, those days are over, and now you can learn the therapeutic properties of journaling. It’s been proven that getting your thoughts onto paper has significant health benefits that will encourage you to pick up a pen.
Boosts Immune System
James Pennebaker, a psychologist and researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells. He believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
Strengthens Emotional Functions
Intermountain Healthcare found that, “Journaling evokes mindfulness and helps writers remain present while keeping perspective. It presents an opportunity for emotional catharsis and helps the brain regulate emotions.” This causes a greater sense of confidence and self-identity, as well as more structured, adaptive, and integrated ideas about others and the world.
Where to Start
If you’re considering journaling, the best time to start is now. Everyone’s system will be different, which is why we offer many different pages to implement into your planner. You may want to write on a daily notes page, or start a bit smaller with a weekly version. You can also add lined pages to the back of your planner to write whenever you feel inspired. If these don’t offer enough space, you can always use one of our blank or guided journals to capture your thoughts. Whatever you choose, implementing this practice will help you live a healthier and happier lifestyle.