Journaling is Just Good For You

I am such a supporter of journaling.  You can ask my husband.  I’m constantly encouraging him to get his thoughts down on paper.

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It started when I was a teenager.  Whenever I would feel overwhelmed, or worried about a lot of concerns I would write them down.  I would make a list of my worries and then once they were on paper I could go through them and think about why they weren’t that big of a deal.   I pretty much do the same today.

However, now I do most of my journaling right after I read the Bible and have prayer time with God.  I usually start each journal entry with what I heard God tell me.  If you have prayer time with God daily, I would highly suggest doing this.  It is so interesting and faith affirming when you go back and read all the different words you’ve heard God tell you during different times in your life.  You can see more clearly where he was leading you in the past and where he is leading you today.

I can’t say enough about what journaling has done for me.  If you’ve never done it, give it a try.  You don’t have to write anything profound, just start writing and see what comes out.   Write about all the things you are thinking about, worrying about, happy about, thankful about…etc.  You get the picture.

Journaling helps you place your thoughts onto paper.  It helps give you clarity if nothing else.  Once you have all of those thoughts that are swirling around in your head down on paper, they are much less intimidating or overwhelming.

Try it today, and if you are like my husband and do not like to hand write anything then start a digital journal on your computer.  It is the same idea and will have the same result.   It’s just plain good for you.

Also, in honor of Thankful Thursday today:  I am thankful for my mother-in-law, Margaret.  Today is her birthday.  Happy Birthday Margaret!  She encourages me, inspires me and she sends me some great recipes!  She is also an excellent editor(she is currently helping me write an article) and a good friend.  I feel so lucky to have her as my mother-in-law.

A Gratitude Journal

Recently I read about a gratitude journal and it caught my interest.  What a great idea I thought.  I love journaling, so this should be easy.  I have a few extra journals, so I’m going to dedicate one as my “Journal of Thanks”.  I am going to fill it each day with all of the things I am thankful for.

We tend to focus and dwell on those things we are NOT thankful for, but what we should be doing is focusing on all of the blessings God has given us.  There are those that believe the more thankful you are, the more good things happen to you.

I just know that it will be great to think about and write down those things I am thankful for when I wake up.  I may also write in it when I go to bed, writing about all the things I am thankful for that happened during the day.   I just can’t help but think about how nice it will be to read back over what I’ve written.  When I’m having a blah day, or I’m just not in a great mood, reading this journal will surely change my mood.  

The article I read about this (in the Nov. 2009 issue of Natural Health magazine) stated that people who write down what they are thankful for are 25 percent happier, exercise 33 percent more a week and sleep 30 minutes longer each night, and have 10 percent lower blood pressure.  Wow, so being thankful is not only good for my mood and spirit, but good for my health!  I better get started.

P.S. Today I am thankful for allergy medicine.  We are in the prime season for my awful hay fever allergies, but thanks to my allergy medicine (being taken regularly) I am feeling very minimal symptoms.  Hallelujah.  Last year I can not say the same was true. 

Have a great day and thank about what you are thankful for today, and maybe even write it down.