When I was little, keeping a journal was the ultimate teenage cliché. However, no matter how many times I tried, I was never able to keep one any longer than a week. I guess back then I didn’t have much to say. Or so I thought since I believed all entries were supposed to be exciting. 

A Common Practice Among the Greatest People in History

The truth is, keeping a journal has been a common practice for centuries. Today we know how the great men and women in history used to live, think and feel thanks to their presonal journals. So it has nothing to do with the teenage cliché I grew up thinking of. On the contrary, its a legitimate way not only to document life itself but a great great tool for personal growth.  

That’s why at the beginning of this year I decided to give journaling a try once again. I tried several formats (including bullet journals) but in the end I settled with the most basic one. My journal is now basically like Dumbledore’s pensieve (if you haven’t read Harry Potter you’re missing a great analogy here). I don’t write on it with a specific topic in mind. On the contrary, I just start with the thought that’s worrying me the most at the time and words strart flowing on their own. 

Extremely Therapeutic

I’ve been journaling almost every day for 11 months now. By now it’s become a habit and my favorite type of therapy. I specially enjoy it whenever I’m feeling extremely anxious or confused about making important decisions. Not only it allows me to vent out in a safe environment, but also to put my ideas in order and analyze them in a more objective way. Most of the times I even come up with my own answers and potential solutions. 

To me, a journal is not only a way of documenting my personal life. But also a powerful tool to manage anxiety and uncertainty. Not only it has taught me a lot about myself, but also helped me to manage my thoughts and emotions in a more efficient and healthier way. 

So whenever you feel like you have too many things going on in your head, try writting them down. It will feel strange at the beginning but you’ll get used to it and hopefully will find it as useful as I have.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that you give journaling a try. Don’t forget to leave a comment below to learn how you feel about this practice. As always, thank you so much for being here and may the force be with you. Until next time!