The Importance of Journaling

The action of writing is far more beneficial than we might believe. I’m not talking about a college essay or a story you spice up in order to please your viewers. I am talking about real writing. Putting your thoughts, your feelings, your actions, your soul on paper.

For some people, this comes easy. Their past memories and present thoughts are put into words- a factual record of their life. However, this does not come as easily for everyone. Writing, or journaling, is a reflection of who we are and how we express who we are is a reflection of who we are. For example, when I write, I second guess myself. This is something I do daily- picking an outfit to wear, deciding what to eat, wondering if I turned off the stove. 

In his book, Selfhood, Dr. Terry Lynch stated, “...habits regarding handwriting reflected important aspects of how he lived - tentative, unsure of himself, vulnerable, afraid.” For many of us, the insecurities we have make it harder to reflect on our lives. 

Why is journaling so important?

Writing is a form of communication with ourselves. It helps us realize the things we prioritize and the things we decide not to share, even with ourselves. If you chose to write something down, it must have had meaning to you. When you go back to reflect on what you wrote, you may become more aware of habits or patterns you have and learn things about yourself.

Here are some questions to think about for the next time you decide to journal:

  • What did I do today/what do I plan on doing today?

  • How am I feeling?

  • Was today better than yesterday? Why?

  • What made me smile?

  • Who did I interact with?

  • What has been on my mind lately? A person? A place?

Take some time every day to write something down. Use this time to focus on yourself and indulge in the moments that seem to go by too quickly. Those insecurities that may have been holding you back from writing or simply living life will become easier to manage with practice.

Written by Gloria Saadeh

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