Journal to Improve your Life, your Mind. #atoz

This entry is part 11 in the series Improve Your Life, Improve Your Mind

Lots has been written on the health benefits of regular journaling, so I don’t propose to go over them all again today. I thought it would be good to take a quick look at the specific ways we can use journaling to improve our lives and our minds.

So here we go with J is for Journaling – and how it can improve our lives and our minds.Jesus said, 'You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free' (John 8:32.) But if some of us knew the truth of what we were doing to our health, it might make us very miserable! Click To Tweet

If we are going to know the truth about our lifestyles (and yes, I know that’s not what Jesus was referring to) we need to own up to the truth about our weaknesses and our bad habits. Then we need to get serious about changing those customs which are threatening to destroy the future we long to experience.

What to journal?

  • As you’ve read previous posts in this series, or as you read future posts, when something strikes you that needs changing in your life, write it down! Otherwise, you’ll forget!
  • Make a written commitment to yourself on paper (or using an app on your smart phone or tablet, for example the fitbit app) of what you’re going to change and how you’re going to go about it.
  • Share your commitment with a friend who is willing to be supportive, and promise to keep them up to date (and yes, that includes the times you fail!)

Journal your feelings

This will achieve several things:

  • It will get them out of your head and onto the paper (or app).
  • It will help you get your feelings into perspective.
  • You’ll be able to spot negative thoughts and make plans to deal with them.

Journal your healthy activities  

  • This will help you monitor those activities that are working for you and identify any others that aren’t worth the effort.
  • You will be able to see how you’re getting on, and encourage you to persevere.
  • It will help you reach for your goals. As you reach them, you can step them up a little.

How to remember to journal

  • use an app, like the fitbit app, which you can set to silent alarms. They may be silent, but they’re very hard to ignore!
  • A good app for the iPhone or Mac world is the Momentum Habit Tracker. 
  • Write it into your wall calendar.
  • Record it in your diary.
  • Add it to your Google calendar.

In other words . . . keep track. Write down. Record. Journal! Which works best for you?


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24 comments on “Journal to Improve your Life, your Mind. #atoz

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  3. Hi, I’m a firm believer in journaling. I think it’s helped me be more positive as I use it for emotional awareness, self-discovery, and gratitude. Most mornings you’ll find me first thing with my coffee and my journal for about 15 minutes. I use it to motivate me to soar, to do affirmations, to work through issues. It’s my one life coach. And I’ll circle blog post ideas in it as well!

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  6. I don’t journal. I didn’t keep a diary when I was younger, either. In some ways I regret it. In other ways, I don’t. Journaling is an interesting topic (to do it or not to do it). I’ve spoken to a couple of mental health professionals (I have a cousin who is a psychologist, and ditto for my husband) who both state that journaling isn’t always a good thing (for example, for those who suffer from depression, it can actually worsen depression) but – if it works for a person – I’m all for it.

  7. I have kept a journal occasionally but never on a regular basis although I scrapbook which has some similarities. I do like the idea of using journals to track progress. I also like the idea of a gratitude journal.

  8. Journaling is a great idea. I’ve restarted it in the bullet journal I’m now keeping. Every day I try to write something down to capture what is going on.

  9. Excellent idea, not only for personal therapy but to keep memories intact after so many years. Wish I had kept one from long ago, especially during Bible School days and early ministry.

  10. I journal with a pen and notebook about once a week Shirley – it’s more of a look back at the week that was and a chance to process stuff. I’ve also found it really helpful to look back on happy times and also to look back at the bad times and remember that they’ve passed and they remind me that I can get through tough times and good times return.

    Leanne |
    J for Just Do It!

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