The benefits of journaling have come up often in the coaching courses I have been doing. It is seen to be such a good practice for us at this uncertain time in our history. So I asked a friend of mine, Kholofelo Zondo, who I consider an expert on the subject, to share some of her thoughts:
Journaling has been proven to be therapeutic and a great source for life management. It creates an environment for a paradigm shift, allowing the mind to open up to new ideas, dreams and possibilities.
Some of the benefits:
Journaling forces you to stop and reflect on seemingly minor events. Being mindful in a journal might make it easier to become more mindful in the moment. During the process of writing about your day and your interactions with others, you may notice a number of different things, e.g.:
– Negative patterns repeating themselves in your thoughts and deeds.
– Problems in your personal relationships.
– Personal needs you haven’t been paying attention to.
– Alternative ways of responding to stress.
***When people write down their feelings they’re making themselves more aware of what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.
- Establishing a Positive Mind-set