Journalling is the practice of writing down your thoughts and feelings for the purposes of self-analysis, self-discovery, and self-reflection. As one of the oldest forms of self-help in the world, journalling is about exploring one’s own thoughts, feelings, memories, goals, and desires through the written word. As such, journalling is often prescribed by therapists and counsellors as a powerful way of developing more self-understanding and compassion.

Are you interested in growing and learning more about yourself? Great! The desire to learn is the entire point of journalling. Therefore, as long as you’re sincere about discovering more about yourself, you’ve already succeeded!

Journalling is a powerful way to get to know yourself. If you take the time to journal every day, you will discover subconscious thoughts and beliefs that you didn’t know existed.

Most journal writers have thought about whether to use a pen and paper or a computer and which way is best. They would write (or word process) daily. In an effort to change your mind: A pen coupled with paper can serve as a powerful life tool.

Journalling is a more free form of writing — less about recording events, more about externalising feelings. It’s a chance to be reflective, go deeper with your own thoughts. Journalling takes a little of your time but there are definite benefits to journalling.

Journalling is a therapeutic process for helping people resolve their conflicting thoughts and put them into perspective. Sometimes it can be difficult to put our feelings into words, especially when we’re angry, sad or anxious. Writing down how you feel will help you process your emotions, as feelings become words, which can then be edited.

Regularly monitoring your mood by journalling can really be useful for identifying what makes you stressed. Keeping a journal allows you to record what’s happening in your life and to work through your thoughts and feelings.
Many famous people have been journallers: Marcus Aurelius, Anne Frank, Henry David Thoreau and Ben Franklin.

Journalling for Mental Health
Coping with a mental health condition can be difficult, but journaling may help. Journalling can help you deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Additionally, you can use your journal to help you improve your habits and behaviours.

To start journalling, pick a convenient time to write every day and challenge yourself to write whatever comes to your mind for 20 minutes. Use your journal to process your feelings or work on your self-improvement goals.

A journal can become your friend in a time of need or the centre of your daily self-care practice.