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Journaling: How and Why

How do you gather your thoughts? A journal? A diary? Sticky notes on your wall? Maybe your social media? Whatever it may be, journaling, which is done in many forms, is a great way to stay in tune with yourself and is great to look back on in the future. Especially while living during such a historical period at the moment, journaling allows you to document your experiences and look back on them in the future. So, here’s your guide to journaling, COVID-19 style!



Benefits of journaling

Before you even consider journaling, you need to know why you are doing it in the first place. Here are some benefits of journaling which will hopefully convince you to start doing so!

  1. Relieve stress: Expressing your thoughts, whether they are positive or negative, is a great way to clear your mind. This allows for any stress that has accumulated to decrease and allows you to think with a clearer mindset.

  2. Boost your memory: Keeping an archive of your thoughts can serve as a library of memories for the future. Your brain will be able to make stronger connections with your past, and you’ll have a way of looking back on it as well. Memories can be about anything - from your favourite series you binge-watched, to celebrating a special event virtually!

  3. Unleash your creativity: Journaling can come in all forms: writing, drawing, videotaping, the possibilities are endless! Choose whatever you enjoy doing the most, and use it as a tool to express yourself and let your creativity shine.

  4. Allow you to reflect: Probably the greatest benefit of journaling is that it allows you to reflect on yourself, and learn how you have grown. Imagine writing about how your city was under lockdown, and a few weeks later, finally being able to safely see your friends in-person. Even small reflections like these can help you stay in-tune with yourself.


Journaling mediums

Journaling comes in many forms, and it all depends on how an individual best expresses themselves. These are just a few common ways to journal, but there is no limit to your creativity, and anything that allows you to record and gather your thoughts and memories can be considered your journaling medium too!

  1. Writing: Using a physical book to write is the most traditional way to start journaling. But even then, there are different ways to go about this. You can choose to use a pre-made journal, or consider bullet journaling if you're looking for a more artsy approach.

  2. Typing: If you're more of a tech-savvy individual who would like to type, creating an online journal might suit you better. You can create your own customized virtual journal using platforms like Canva, or simply keep it in your notes app.

  3. Videography or photography: Want to use something more than words? Take a photo or video diary, where you can visually capture your thoughts and memories.

  4. Voice memos: You can also speak or maybe even sing your thoughts. Keep a folder of voice memos to keep your memories, where you will be able to listen back to yourself and your emotions at any time.


These are just some reasons to begin journaling in any way you would like. This activity will not only allow you to preserve your thoughts and memories but also allow you to reflect on your life and be grateful for what you have. Remember, there are no limits or restrictions on how you express yourself, so make sure to find the right fit for you when it comes to journaling!



Article Contributors: Asima Hudani, Valerie Shirobokov

Sources:


Top 8 Benefits to Keep a Journal or a Diary. (n.d.) Retrieved August 1, 2020, from

https://journey.cloud/journaling-benefits


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