Keeping a journal can help with self-expression, self-exploration, and healing.
A journal is a safe place where you can share what you wish, how you wish to share it. In many instances of our lives, we find ourselves in situations where we either cannot or will not express our true feelings. This is often because we do not feel safe or it may not be appropriate. To squelch these aspects of ourselves is to allow unprocessed unconscious motivations to direct our lives and thus live a life that we may not be satisfied with. With a journal, we can express such things without fear of attack or external consequences. Through practice, we develop the ability to express ourselves better in the moment and determine when it is safe to do so.
Through expression, we grow to understand ourselves better. We begin to explore new aspects of ourselves that don’t present themselves in regular circumstances. We discover what makes us who we are. We discover what gives us passion and what evokes our emotions. It is through this learning and understanding that we grow to love ourselves. Because we love ourselves, we seek out that which improves our circumstances and avoid that which harms us, and our quality of life is enhanced.
As our lives get better, there is a reprieve of the stress and trauma that has harmed us, and thus we can heal our psychic wounds. With the love, understanding, and acceptance that we have learned from exploring ourselves, we can heal our pains. We can release events and traumas that have so burdened our lives. The relief that comes to our psyche allows us to express, explore, and heal even more, thus shaping ourselves in a way so that we can live a fulfilled life.
There are other benefits to keeping a journal.
A journal aids in memory. If it is important, write it down. Journals are used to keep track of our habits. Many people keep a log of the sleep, exercise, and nutritional decisions. Undoubtedly, there are other benefits to keeping a journal as well.