The Health Benefits of Journaling
There’s magic to be found in journaling. This simple act of writing is a therapeutic and powerful form of self-coaching. It also creates a system through which your goals can be set and accomplished.
What is Journaling?
Journaling is a recording of your thoughts, feelings, values, and beliefs. It can be unfiltered and unstructured, or it can be a well-defined bullet list that helps you track your everyday life. There are no rules other than the guidelines you make for yourself.
While many enjoy putting pen to paper, modern journaling has adapted to tech, with apps dedicated to note-taking, some even featuring prompts.
Cambridge researchers reported that journaling reduces blood pressure and improves the immune system. Science shows that organising your thoughts and emotions can help you heal from trauma, manage anxiety and stress, and cope with depression.
Journaling helps you become tangibly aware of personal triggers and issues by creating a coherent narrative that can help you gain perspective and clarity in a more rationalised and analytical way. This can boost your mood and enhance your overall sense of well-being.
Journaling is a great habit that provides the space, and time, to explore and connect with yourself. It allows you to reflect and take note of what’s really important to you. Taking the time to consider and articulate your thoughts and feelings often has the added benefit of clarifying motivations and expectations, without censorship.
Journaling and Goal Setting
Clearly writing down your goals turns vague desires into physical targets. It forces you to:
- Actively think about your goals
- Prioritise and organise your goals
- Record your progress, both failures and successes
- Track patterns
- Adapt, expand, and modify your goals as you go along
- Stay accountable
- Get creative with how to achieve your goals
- Identify obstacles, both intrinsic (e.g. personal limitations and hidden fears) and extrinsic that may be holding you back
- Problem solve
- Cultivate gratitude
- Build confidence
How to Journal
Whether armed with pen and notebook or digital journaling app, a great way to start is by asking yourself simple questions such as:
- What do I want to achieve?
- How am I feeling?
- What am I grateful for today?
Once you get into the groove of journaling, you can dive deeper and become more specific. For example, if your goal is wellness-related, you can keep a Food Journal that helps you track what you are eating. You can then adapt your food choices to be more in line with your goal. If you are using a digital app like Naluri, the Food Journal feature provides an additional benefit of a dietitian coach responding and providing feedback for your meal choices.
Besides Thought and Food Journal features, the Naluri app offers access to a team of health and wellness coaches. Members can opt to share select thoughts and emotions with a clinical psychologist and dietitian for asynchronous and direct feedback to achieve their healthiest and best self. Schedule a demo for more info.
- Written by:
- Chloe Pharamond