Do you feel like your emotions are complicated and confusing? If you struggle to understand why you feel or react the ways you do, you might benefit from using a journal. Journaling can help you appropriately identify and express your feelings to increase self-understanding.
Once you learn to identify and deal with your feelings in acceptable ways, you have truly mastered self-understanding. By simply jotting down what's going on with you and how you feel about it, you can get a handle on your emotions.
Writing your feelings in a journal helps increase self-understanding in four ways:
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Do you journal?
Is it something you do every day, once in a while, when you have an issue you need to work through?
Have you ever wondered why people including the likes of Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Sara Blakely would spend so much of their precious time writing things that will never be seen by another soul?
Because journaling is a process, not an end result. We journal to work through things, to remember things, to give validation to things for ourselves.
Researchers have found that regular journaling can be used to train our attention and strengthen neural pathways.
Reflective writing has also been shown to improve decision making and critical thinking.Journals have proven to be invaluable tools for examining past experiences, evaluating our own actions, and drawing insights for encountering future challenges.
According to Dr. James Pennebaker, an expert in the field of expressive writing, to get the best results from journaling, it was recommended that you: