Writing a journal has been two things for me.
- In my teenage years it was an emotional outlet, a way to pacify overwhelming emotions, stress and anxiety, because I was badly bullied at school for 3 long years. After that period had passed, I read some of the pages back at random, and it gave me the power to acknowledge how I’d grown strong from that place.
- In my early adult years it was a tool for personal reflection and exploring new lines of thinking. At a time when you’re trying to answer those ‘meaning of life?’, ‘who am I?’ questions, it was a way of centering my thoughts, reconnecting with them in a positive, mind-cleansing way, and, for me specifically, it provided a safe vulnerability outlet for many years.
Now, I must say, my life and who I am is more clear to me than ever. And the bits that aren’t, I’m ok with finding along the way. Now I’m more of a list writing person. Future goals, in-the-moment ideas, insights into myself – capturing any thought is a form of journaling, and it helps me top up my personal clarity when things might be a little unsettled.
I’d recommend it to anyone who needs a healthy, easy accessible and affordable outlet, anytime.
P.s. a smart diary is a pretty lovely Christmas gift too 🙂