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The Journaling Junky

GBS Wellness Team | Wellness
Apr 20 2018

Journaling is becoming a lost art. Even though our lives are recorded through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), posts usually encompass just a basic sketch of our lives and don’t include what is really going on behind the scenes.  Journaling is a healthy practice that allows us to document our thoughts and emotions associated with each trial or triumph that we face.

Recording and Remembering:

It is not only fascinating to keep your thoughts and feelings documented for self-reference, but it is also important for future generations. Family members will likely cherish and learn from your insight and be inspired by your humor, optimism, perseverance, and/or work ethic.

Health Benefits to Keeping a Journal:

Some of the health benefits to keeping a journal include: reduced stress levels, boost in memory and comprehension, clear thoughts, reduced anxiety, growth in coping skills, improved mood, better understanding of current state of being (psychological and physical), increased self-love, and amplified awareness.

Where Do I Begin?

It can be tricky to decide what to write about in your journal. The beauty is that your journal is one hundred percent customizable and personal to you. It is there to be whatever you’d like it to be. (See below for a list of prompt suggestions to get you started.)

The Journaling Jar:

Find a mason jar and fill it with paper strips of journaling prompts. Each day reach for a new topic until you get the hang of recording your thoughts. Then, allow yourself to be free and write to your heart’s content.

See below for a list of journaling prompts to help you get started:

  • Something inspiring
  • Favorite quote
  • Something funny that happened today
  • Something meaningful
  • An epiphany that you recently had
  • Goals and aspirations
  • Reflection on past circumstances that shaped you
  • People who inspire you
  • Morals that you strive to uphold
  • Things on your bucket list
  • Likes and dislikes
  • What you like about yourself
  • Traits you would like to work on for self-improvement
  • Things that you are grateful for
  • Grudges you hold onto
  • Disputes you have recently had
  • Things that you find beautiful
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