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The Power of Journaling
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Whether you’re writing papers for school or important documents at your workplace, you are almost always forced to write legibly while filtering out any excess fluff that is irrelevant to the task at hand. When it comes to journaling, those rules fall by the wayside.
Journaling is a place for you to honestly dump all your brain’s thoughts, fears, and secrets, while not having to worry about any sense of proper grammar while doing so. Simply put, journaling is a safe space where you can unleash the unfiltered version of yourself that you may be suppressing otherwise.
"Journaling is like a little door into the madness of my mind.” - SoSonia
Although making a habit of journaling regularly can be challenging at first, it’s definitely worth your time if you can stick with it! There have been many scientific studies that have proven the beneficial effects that writing has on your health.
Journaling and writing about deep emotions should lead to an improved mood, increased emotional wellbeing, increased clarity of emotions, and reduced stress levels over time compared to writing about superficial topics.
So you don’t get stuck writing about the same recurring thoughts over and over, here are some writing prompts aided by SoSonia to get you started:
Write a letter to:
- Yourself when you need a friend
- Your mom when she misses you
- Whoever you might be in a year (a lot can change)
- Your best friend growing up
- An attractive person you’re afraid to talk to
- A soulmate you might never meet
- A version of yourself you thought you were going to become
- To the person you see in the mirror
- To the world during an earthquake
- To your mom when you were still in her stomach
You can also try making a list of...
- Your own set of swear words
- The people you should have said thank you to
- The best things you notice on a good day.
- The best compliments you have received
- The people whose hand book on life you would like to see
- The things you'll never tell anyone!
- Advice that you have gotten that you haven't yet used (that you probably should / that you probably should never use)
- Why you shouldn't doubt yourself
- Little ways you could be a better human
- All the things you are thankful for
- The emotions I’m feeling right now
Hopefully these prompts helped trigger your creativity and alter your perspective on a problem or stagnant way of thinking you may have been struggling with. Happy journaling!