FOLLOW Getting the most out of journaling Use pen and paper, to reap the psychological and productive benefits of journaling; Make it a habit: Keep your journal in the same spot where you’ll see it at the same time every day. Embrace slowness. Resist the instinct to rush through it to get to the next thing. Don’t edit; just write. Experiment and find out which approaches work best for you.
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FOLLOW The Surprising Benefits of Journaling One Sentence Every Day
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Learning from old experiences
When looking back on her previous journal entries, Virginia Woolf remarked that she often
found the significance to lie where she never saw it at the time.
Journaling sharpens your memory Our beliefs change slowly as we gain experience. Journal entries remind you of how you once thought.
Time will change your face without you noticing, but it will also change your thoughts without you realizing it.
Journaling motivates you
There is something about knowing that your day will be recorded that
makes you want to make at least one good choice before the sun sets. FOLLOW
"We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience."
John Dewey The Benefits of Journaling Research reveals that people who journal have a 25% increase in performance when compared to people who do not journal. Journaling helps improve well-being after traumatic and stressful events. Journaling improves communication skills. Writing reflects clear thinking, and in turn, clear communication. Journaling before bed decreases cognitive stimulus, rumination, and worry, allowing you to fall asleep faster. Reflective writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events. The Goals of Keeping A Journal You can bring your problems to a journal. Journaling is you figuring things out and clearing your head. Leave your destructive thoughts in your journal. We all carry around destructive thoughts about the things that went wrong. Instead of holding our thoughts in our head, we can put it down on paper. Keep a journal for your grandchildren. Fifty years from now, our own notebooks will be around to astonish and inspire our grandchildren, unlike our tweets and Facebook posts. Journal for your future self. Produce something that you can look back on and learn from.
Forget all the rules others impose about a journal. Do what works for you.
FOLLOW Personal Values: A Research-Backed Way to Manage Stress
About twenty years ago, a group of college students at Stanford University headed home for winter break. While they were gone, they were given the task of keeping a daily journal. In this journal, some of the students were asked to write about their most important personal values and then describe how the events of each day connected with those values.
Write About Your Values
Writing about our personal values can make us feel loving, powerful, connected and in control while increasing our sense of power and empathy. It also makes us connect them with the events in our l...
Three-step action of working with your personal values:
List out and elaborate on your core values. Conduct a self-assessment of how you have lived and worked by those core values in the past year. Hold yourself accountable for the misses and unachieved value-targets, if any.
This self-assessment is essential towards improving your life and the ability to manage stressful events and circumstances.
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