Why You Should Keep a Journal


Jennifer Robson
17 August 2017

There are plenty of reasons to keep a journal. Maybe you want to leave something behind for your children that tell your story and what you accomplished. Maybe you're more practical and want a way to harness your creativity. Maybe you just want the cathartic release that comes with regular writing. Whatever it is, these are all great reasons.
Some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives. Those journals served two purposes: a permanent record for posterity, and cathartic release for the people writing them. 

Regular writing can give you a safe, cathartic release valve for the stresses of your daily life. Not only does regular writing make you feel good, it helps you re-live the events you experienced in a safe environment where you can process them without fear or stress. Your journal has the potential to be both a therapist and a dear friend who listens without judging or interrupting and is open 24 hours a day. 

The creative benefits of keeping a journal are also well documented. 

It can help you memorize important information, and brainstorm new ideas. In other words, writing about your experiences not only helps you process them, it helps you see opportunities that may not have been apparent at first glance. It also helps you learn to break down complex experiences into relevant, useful bits of information organized coherently.

Keeping a journal is a great way to build better habits, as it forces you to be aware of your actions and behaviours. By getting into the habit of consciously and attentively looking back over your journals, you’re able to track your personal patterns of behaviour that help you achieve goals and respond effectively to challenges. You’re also able to see the patterns that get in the way of personal and professional growth and healthy relationships with self and others. By becoming mindful with what you are discovering, you can move from knowing into a doing state.

Keeping a food diary helps people to become more aware of what they are eating and make healthier choices.  It allows you to understand your eating habits and behaviours and track the choices that lead you to gain weight. 

Journaling is an effective way to release weight as it gives you a safe space to explore your underlying reasons for gaining weight and being unhappy with yourself and gives you a safe space to practice gratitude and transform.

We have a couple of types of journals for members currently in the resource library with new ones also on their way. The first is a general type of journal which you can use for setting goals and everyday observations.

The other is a journal that is part of the Weight Release with The Law of Attraction eCourse which can help you document and work through personal weight-related issues.

Members can access both journals in the member's resource library now.

Happy Journaling!