Pen and Paper Journaling – The Secret Key to Mental Wellness!
If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured, and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. – Jim Rohn
There is a lot of focus these days on Mental Wellness and as people become more aware about the benefits of therapy they are likely to encounter several practices to help them on their journey.
And you know one of the easiest ways to empower you on your journey? You got it… JOURNALING!
A journal is like your best friend and therapist... One you can have a no holds barred conversation with!
It can help you set your goals, create your vision board – you know the whole laws of attraction stuff?
It can also help you plan your day and other activities better and organize your life!
The benefits of journaling are endless! But when it’s so easy to just tap away on your laptop why is it important to journal using pen and paper you ask?
Research shows that journaling with your laptop may be faster and you have a lot of backup options, however, pen and paper journaling definitely has more benefits.
- Writing improves memory – A research conducted on college students comparing notes taken on laptop and a notebook showed that student with handwritten notes had better recall. When you write something it helps create neural pathways in the brain that allows the writer to remember more readily.
- Writing impacts your health and mood – Research also shows that as you write your brain is stimulated and it releases feel good hormones which help alleviate stress and improve your overall mood and health. Research also indicates that at least 15-20 minutes a day for a minimum of 3 days a week is very effective in dealing with PTSD and managing stress and anxiety. It is also effective in helping people with terminal diseases such as cancer.
- Paper journaling helps enhance creative expression - Journaling is usually “freestyle writing”, this causes your creative juices to flow while you write. With time your expressive muscles loosen up, and it can also cure your writer’s block.
- Achieving your set goals - Journaling regularly sends your brain signals about your goals and marks them as “crucial” and as you compose your thoughts your brain is forced to partake in cognitive recall. It also activates your “reticular activating system (RAS)” tools and before you know it, you will be on your way to achieving your goal.
So why wait! The sooner you purchase yourself a journal and get started with regular journaling, the better for you and your health.
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