three reasons to journal this year

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"JOURNAL WRITING IS A VOYAGE TO THE INTERIOR."  ― Christina Baldwin

I've been journaling off and on for years and recently, I've taken up a new form of journaling. And in all of this time, I've learned a few things about the process and why we should all give it a go. 

SLOW DOWN // STRESS RELIEF
It doesn't matter what kind of journaling you're doing (daydream journaling, bullet journaling, art journaling, etc.) the physical act of journaling slows you down. When you are writing by hand, your body responds with slow and regulated breathing. And with your breathing calmed and your hand slowly moving across the page, your mind isn't allowed to run all over the place and is forced to focus.

This focus and stillness, even for just a few minutes, can do wonders in alleviating stress. (This is especially helpful for people who want to meditate but can't / don't know how to clear their minds.)

REMEMBER WHY YOU ARE BRILLIANT
You have brilliant ideas; we all do. The only difference is a lot of us often forget those ideas. We have those ah-ha! moments in the shower, on the commute to work, while grocery shopping, etc. and before we've gotten to a place where we can finally sit down and note the idea--- it's gone. 

Charlotte Bronte used to keep a journal by her bed and attributed more then one brilliant idea to dreams she'd had. I myself have found that carrying a journal or two around at all times lets me brainstorm, dream & plan, which has proven useful quite a few times-- Clever Darling was an idea I had while sitting in a cafe, and my Instagram Styling shop was an idea that popped into my head while stuffing spaghetti down my face. So. You never know ;)

LAUNCH YOUR CREATIVITY
It's important to note and remember that while the more traditional method (pen + paper + personal thoughts and feelings = journaling) does work, in the end it's your journal. You can doodle, paste images in, paint, make messes, write lists, daydreams, or anything you want. The point is to do it.

This unlimited freedom and endless personal customization gives you the all-clear to experiment. The fact that it also cannot judge you is hugely motivating for many people. If you spell something wrong or make a mistake or have a fit and draw angry red Xs on your boss's face, it's ok because it's your journal. ;) 

Do you currently journal or have you journaled in the past? Did you find it relaxing? I would love to hear all about how you use(d) your journal in the comments!