5 Ways Journaling Can Benefit Your Wellbeing
With over 10,000 users, it’s no surprise that people are using Iternal in a variety of ways. One way in which people are utilising its versatility is to journal. Believe it or not, there are many benefits to journaling; mentally; emotionally; even physically!
Journaling doesn’t have to be your stereotypical ‘Dear Diary…’; it can be as simple as recording a memory! Even writing down your thoughts as they come to you; don’t worry if they don’t make so much sense! What’s important is that you are able to put your thoughts and feelings to the page (or timeline, in this case) and take a closer look at them.
Improved Emotional Intelligence & Empathy
When we write down our thoughts and feelings, we’re physically expressing emotions that are often internalised. Through journaling, we’re able to analyse these same feelings from a different viewpoint and deal with our emotions and experiences in a healthier way.
Self-reflection helps us become more aware of our emotional behaviour, allowing us to recognise similar emotions and patterns in others; in turn helping to develop our empathy. Not only that, but it also helps with…
Have you ever got yourself so worked up about something that it starts to physically and emotionally show? Then when you speak to someone about it, you instantly feel much better; lighter, even? Well, sometimes you feel like you can’t talk to someone and that’s fine; especially when you’re using Iternal.
Journaling for as little as 15-20 minutes, 3-5 times a day for 4 months can even lower your blood pressure! Asking yourself the questions like ‘What am I feeling;’ ‘Why am I feeling like this;’ ‘What can I change,’ gives you a springboard to write about the roots and causes of your stress, so you can then explore how you might deal with it. And with reduced stress, you’re afforded…
There’s nothing worse than over-thinking about a situation past, present or future; especially if that situation could have significant consequences to your life. Your thoughts and emotions are going at 100% and before you’ve thought of a solution for anything, another potential issue has arose; we’ve all been there.
Next time that happens, try jotting down your thoughts and feelings as they come; having visual representation is the first step. From here you can begin to organise your thoughts and concerns in a concise way, allowing you to make logically thought-out decisions. For long-term journalers, you can even reflect on times past to review how you dealt with similar situations you may now face.
Something we’re big on at Iternal; memory! It may seem obvious that writing things down would help you remember, but we’re not talking about shopping lists; we’re talking about genuine, improved memory function.
Memories aren’t entirely reliable and we often ‘fill in the blanks’ with information we’d like to believe. By writing down previous experiences we cement our memories. In turn, we free space in our short-term, or ‘working,’ memory; potentially improving cognitive processing (i.e. clear-thinking; judicial decisions; problem-solving).
Foritying Physical Wellbeing
The idea that journaling can have emotional and psychological benefits is quite feasable; however, that journaling could have physical benefits is almost unbelievable…
Believe it, because it can. One study found that when those who suffered from asthma and rheumatoid arthritis – after writing about stressful, emotionally taxing events (expressive writing) over a controlled period of time – improved more, and deteriorated less from their conditions.
Another study, where one group partook in expressive writing and another that did not, provided a remarkable result. All the subjects had a biopsy on the arm, and their healing process was photographed over the next 21 days. On the 11th day, 76 percent of the group that did expressive writing had fully healed as compared with 42 percent of the control group!
Start Your Journey Today
If achieving and maintaining a state of mental, emotional and physical well-being is a goal of yours, than taking 20 minutes out of your day to reflect on yourself and your experiences is definitely something you should try. Not only will you get proven results, but it’s very affordable! It could even be free, with Iternal. Write, film or record to really tap into the deepest parts of you – it’s as private as you want it to be! Join us today and find our what 10,000+ others are loving about Iternal!