Journal Writing

Journal writing is a very powerful life tool. Some of the most successful people in the world swear by journaling multiple times a day. It has been scientifically proven that writing strengthens your immune cells and research suggests that expressive writing may offer physical benefits for people battling terminal or life-threatening disease. When we write about a traumatic, stressful or emotional event in a meaningful way it can result in improvements in both our physical and psychological health. Expressive journaling can remove mental blocks, reduce stress and help you keep track of your patterns whether negative or positive as well as how much you’ve grown over a period of time. It’s a useful tool for emotional and mental transparency and can help you focus and bring clarity to current or past issues, concerns, conflicts, ideas and goals. You can develop a deeper understanding of yourself and build self-confidence. Writing about a positive event can release endorphins and dopamine which will boost your mood and self-esteem. Journaling brings you into a state of mindfulness and can bring a busy mind to attention by actively engaging your thoughts. Journaling can help you achieve your goals by providing a psychological blueprint. Writing about your goals on a regular basis can increase the likelihood of accomplishment. Just as yoga itself is a discipline, so is writing. Formed habits breed more habits and can teach you self-discipline, yoga and journaling are complementary to each other and promote healing.[x]