I have recently met and interviewed an inspring lady called Jacqui Malpass and asked her how journalling has helped her and her career. We also explored how useful it is for personal development and why I journal myself.
Also I’ve given you 5 top tips to help you start journalling and get the huge benefits from it!
1. A journal is a safe place to release your thoughts and emotions.
Journalling helps you to release pent-up thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Bottling things up is not helpful and keeping your thoughts and feelings inside is a recipe for disaster. Writing about them in your journal can help you release them and move forward.
2. A journal makes you stop and take a good look at yourself.
If you have an negative approach to life, which can feed into low mood and anxiety, you will be able to spot it in very little time. Reflecting on previous journal entries, you’ll begin to notice familiar threads of doubt, mistrust, and hopelessness. When you spot and clarify these negative thought processes, you can then begin to work on changing them.
3. A journal gives you private space to “be”.
Sometimes you just need a place where you can throw your thoughts and feelings without saying them. Also a journal doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with your written thoughts. You can use your journal to express yourself with paints, drawings, collages, and mind maps. There are several good books which can give you ideas, but the best way is to jsut do what feel right for you.
4. A journal shows your progress (or lack of).
One good thing about a journal is that it is a record of things that you have done every day. When you are consistent, you will be able to reflect back later on your condition and see how you’ve improved. Likewise, you can pick up on areas that still need some work (negative attitude, dashed hopes, low spirits, for example).
5. A journal helps you get a handle on your mental well being.
Another great thing about journalling your way through challenging times is that you can literally track your mental status by reading back through your entries. After writing for some time, you can go back through your journal and track all your ups and downs. This will help you to predict your mental lows, so that you can be better prepared in how to handle them. Wait at least 2-3 months before you try to do this, though.
Jacqui runs courses on writing and journalling and is due to start running courses in Spain as well as the UK in the near future so if this has inspired you, get in contact with her at jacquimalpass.com
Thank you Jacqui for your encouragement!