How we eat, move, sleep, handle stress, and maintain relationships all have a major impact on our well-being.  There are some things are outside our control, but there are many things we can control to benefit our health and wellness.  One positive wellness tool that seems to get overlooked is regular journaling.

Before you think that journaling isn’t for you, consider what research has revealed about the power of a pen and paper…

  • Strengthens the immune system by strengthening disease-fighting cells in our body.  It can even decrease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
  • Helps manage regular life stressors and can reduce the physical symptoms of stress.
  • Removes mental blocks and helps creative thinking because writing accesses the left side of the brain.  This leaves the right side open and free to create, and allows for new thinking on self and life.
  • Brings clarity to thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  Writing about strong emotions such as anger, sadness, and frustration removes built-up tension and leads to feelings of calm and peace.
  • Provides insight into your wants and needs. It also reveals if certain things create a positive or negative affect in your life.
  • Aids in conflict resolution by allowing as the right side of the brain to creatively unlock new solutions.  It can also help you consider the other person’s perspective and point of view.

How To Get Started

Journaling is an easy, convenient way to improve your well-being.  Just 5-10 minutes of writing can leave you feeling calm and collected in the present moment and ready to take on the day ahead.  Schedule a set time each day to sit down with a pen and paper, silence the cell phone, and start writing.

What To Write About

Journaling can never be done ‘wrong’, only right.  And it looks different for everyone.  Some people simply reflect on life’s past and future events.  Some use it to write about what they are thinking and feeling.  And others write about conflicts or situations in their life that they are seeking clarity in.  If you are struggling to find a focus point, use this guide of journal prompts to get you started.

Want More?  Check out Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery & Reflection.