The timeless power of journaling
We have all been the victim of a nasty habit that freezes us in our tracks: Overthinking. It can lead to anxiety, which can lead to loneliness and depression. But how can we pace our often overly accelerated mind?
You might think you don’t need to write down our life experiences but regretfully you are wrong. Everyone, yes EVERYONE can reap the benefits of keeping a journal.
As a writer I often get asked how I manage to put down my thoughts and ideas onto paper. I’ve noticed that most people believe writing is a far-away art form, reserved specifically for the “true” writers of this world. Nothing could be further from the truth. You see, writing is a right (and it’s practically free); and the science behind journaling one’s thoughts has proven to yield impressive results like stress reduction, depression management, sharper memory and even improved immune functions.
To understand why writing is so vital to the average person we must first understand a little bit more about the brain. Thoughts are hard to track, control, plan and most importantly they’re hard to grasp. Thought’s seem to think of themselves and oftentimes lead us to complicated emotions- to feel a certain way about the life we’re living. The human brain is not designed to tell us the truth about our lives, instead it is designed to pick a narrative however wrong it may be, and weave it into our life so we can continue with our daily tasks. This constant weaving is what builds our sense of worth, self esteem and general outlook on life and it’s roller coaster-like events. The weaving never takes a break because we are always feeding it new strings to be incorporated immediately.