There have been many studies on the benefits of Journaling which has been proven to improve health and well-being, counteract many of the negative effects of stress and improve cognitive functioning. People who journal have also been found to become re-employed sooner after loosing their jobs, miss fewer days of work and have higher grade point averages. Here are a few types of journaling that will get you started:
Sometimes people don’t now how to get started or what to write. Simply put your thoughts and feelings on paper and just let it flow. If you are journaling free style – it’s really about making a commitment to the journaling process and sticking with it. You can journal when you wake up in morning or before you go to bed or even on your lunch hour, when ever you have some privacy and time for yourself. Commit to filling up a page. If you don’t know what to write…then say that, “I woke up and I don’t know what to write”, and let your thoughts flow from there. Write about the meeting you have today and what you need to do to get prepared. Just start writing and your thoughts will begin to fill up the page.
When you write about what you are grateful for, you keep your mind focused on what you have rather than what you don’t or what someone else has. This type of journaling helps you stay in touch with what you have in the present, while you are working on improving your future. The standard recommendation is to record five blessings a day, I like setting a goal like that because it trains your mind to be on the look out for the good.
Weekly or Monthly Accomplishments Journal:
Keep a running list your achievements. It doesn’t matter if someone else pats you on the back, when you keep an accomplishments journal you get a chance to pat yourself on the back. This type of journal is great for work because it helps you get prepared for your performance reviews and can give you ideas to boost your resume. At the end of every month, list your accomplishments at home, work, and in your community.