Did you know that a pen coupled with paper is actually one of the most powerful life tools?
I know it sounds crazy, how can a pen and a book change my life?
But it can!
It changed mine and it can do for you too.
There is something quite liberating about actually writing in a book as apposed to typing . Writing in a book for you, just for you!You can somehow feel the words, and write from the heart. It somehow seems to flow effortlessly and can capture your emotion as you write it.
Journaling or keeping a diary is seen as an ancient tradition. So many of us these days spend any spare time we have scrolling through our social media or sending pictures on snap chat! But is this actually serving us?
Are we actually benefiting?
I often talk throughout my posts about going back to basics, stripping everything back and then, you will truely find yourself, you will truely find that inner peace. With so many well known powerful leaders and successful men and women throughout history all claiming to have kept a diary or journal, its clear to see that there must be a reason behind it! The Queen is quite open about her love of keeping a private diary. Presidents have maintained them for prosperity. The incredible Anne Frank believed she lived as long as she did through her diaries and is something which will always live on. Emma Watson admits to being an obsessive diariest claiming that it is because of this she believes she is so successful. Walt Disney was passionate about his love of keeping a private diary, with all his hopes and dreams and look at what he created. Richard Branson admits to keeps journals to keep clarity and clear vision.
The list is endless!
So why do more of us not do it?
Today I read an interesting article which talks about the health benefits of keeping a diary
Here it showed how there is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being as well as mental health. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes. Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, in turn reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
I know what you’re thinking: “So writing a few sentences a day may keep me healthier longer, but so will eating salad! Why should I bother journaling when I’ve already got too much on my plate?” The following facts may convince you.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Begin journaling and begin experiencing these benefits:
Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you have an incredible impact on your physical wellbeing.
Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
In addition to all of these wonderful benefits, keeping a journal allows you to track patterns, trends and improvement and growth over time. When current circumstances appear insurmountable, you will be able to look back on previous dilemmas that you have since resolved and see how you have grown and developed as a person.
But how to start….?
We all have busy lives….. families…. work the list is endless….. we need something practical and easy to use to clear simple guidance as to how to use a diary.
Reset helps you to do this!
It gives you that opportunity to have that fresh start….. write from the heart, dream big, plan for the future and be the person you truely want to become x