Guys. Journaling. Journaling improves EVERYTHING. I always thought it was a weird thing to do; like, why write something down if no one’s supposed to read it? And who am I supposed to be writing to? Why should I bother to write out my experiences when I can just remember them? But then I was feeling shitty the other week so I thought I’d give it a go and now this moleskine has become my favourite possession. And while I don’t write entries along the lines of “Dear Diary, why won’t my crush notice me?” I do find myself writing an entry pretty much every day. There’s just something so helpful about being able to work out your thoughts on paper, and to have some kind of record to look back on.
I don’t date my entries, and I don’t actually write a whole lot about the mundane details of my day, mostly because I’m usually distracted pretty quickly by some train of thought I found myself pursuing earlier but didn’t have time to follow to its conclusion. So I write down my dreams and big problems and grocery lists and how I’m feeling at any given time and then I’ll try to work out WHY these things are what they are ( except the grocery lists, those are pretty straightforward) and usually I finish my entry feeling like I’ve gleaned something from the recap, be it some small speck of wisdom, an organized list to take to the store tomorrow, or just the satisfaction of catharsis. Also I tell me I love me a lot, because radical self-love is hard and scary and requires endless repetitions.
TL;DR journaling is unexpectedly really good for your emotional well-being and I recommend it to everyone.