The Power of Writing
How a journal heals all things
Keeping a personal journal in today’s fast paced society is the perfect way to press pause for a little “you time.” Not only is the writing process enlightening, but the self reflection of your written work can lead to healing and growth, too. Revisiting that black and white page you have written can allow you to move forward and define yourself as the woman you want to be. The effects that come with keeping a personal journal are encouraging and here are a few reasons why we recommend doing so…
1) Stress Reduction }
When you take that moment to sit down and write in your journal, you are actually helping your body reduce stress. There’s no need to focus on word count, spelling, grammar, or any formatting rules you’ve been trained to pay attention to. This journal is for you, and only you. A personal haven and reflection to explore yourself and commit to what you want to do. Get creative and try timing yourself, even if only for ten minutes a day. Just write continually. Expressing yourself on the page will allow you to see more clearly, and this in turn, will help you live a more stress-free life.
2) Organization }
Writing in your journal daily and keeping to that commitment can help you stay organized, too. By creating this kind of routine, you are actually training yourself to always follow through. Choose a time of day that works best for you – it can be during a coffee break, right before dinner, or even at three o’ clock in the morning if that’s when you write best! Cater to your personal needs and keep in mind that you are in charge of making your own set of rules.
3) New Perspective }
Have you ever helped out a friend with a problem? The answer to their problem probably seemed so clear to you because you were able to disassociate yourself from it. Being able to analyze with a clear and open mind can happen with journal writing, too. The best part is that you are able to do what you did for your friend, for you. When you take the time to reread what you have written, you can see things in a whole new light. It’s almost like stepping outside of yourself and revisiting your situation with a different outlook. This newfound point of view can be very eye-opening, and writing can become more and more therapeutic over time.
4) Positive Reflection }
One aspect to writing that many people don’t know is how it can be very empowering. If you jot down your dreams, goals, and aspirations often, your journal can become motivation or even a reminder for you to continue pursuing your goals. Recollecting a positive moment from your day and stamping it onto the page can lead to a journal filled with events you’ll actually want to remember, too. In time, your journal may even begin to pose as your memory. As you flip through your pages you can smile and be inspired by your own work.
5) Self-Focus }
The self-focus that you give yourself when you write is incredibly important as it leads to personal growth. Learning from your past and releasing your emotions onto a blank page is a healthy way to move forward. As conflict is an unavoidable part of life, writing about it requires no shame. Keeping everything bottled inside can create a lot of unnecessary distress. Remember that journal writing is private, and with that you can discover your own mind without any censorship.
Investing your time in a journal can help you heal and pursue whatever it is that you desire. Create a daily writing routine and don’t forget that only you have the power to tell your own story – let yourself shine through!
"Only you have the power to tell your story"
- Lucy, RED Writer
Let yourself shine through!
Your way. Your RED.