What Is Journaling?
Journaling is the process of recording the events of your day, your thoughts, ideas, inspiration, and anything else you wish to keep a record of. There are lots of reasons to keep a journal. It can be fun, a great keepsake for you and your family, or a sourcebook of ideas you could use as a writer, artist, musician, songwriter, and so on. A journal can also act as a confidante to whom you can admit your deepest secrets, or serve as a way of getting things off your chest and moving on.
Journaling can also be a way of setting goals and then tracking your progress towards them. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, keeping a weight loss journal can help you sort out what went well versus what could have gone better. Then you can do more of the successful activities until you finally reach the target weight you’ve set for yourself.
If you struggle with anger issues, you could start an anger management journal, or a relationship journal to try to improve your connections with others.
Some people try to practice what is termed lucid dreaming, that is, harnessing the power of their mind when they are asleep. If you’ve ever “slept on” a problem and come up with a solution the following morning, you will have an idea of how lucid dreaming works. Some people also write down their dreams because they think they have different meanings and they can interpret them.
Journaling and dream journals are used by some psychiatrists and psychologists as a tool to help people clear obstacles and issues that may be blocking them. It can be a great stress reliever and offer many benefits. Let’s look at this in the next lesson.