Last week I began something I haven’t done in over 30 years: I started a diary. Yep, you read that right. A diary. You’re probably thinking: who keeps a diary any more? We are not living in the 1800s, Michelle! Well, the truth is that keeping a diary is actually beneficial for you in a plethora of ways. We’ll explore some of the many benefits right now, and do some guided writing together in the coming weeks.
So, why keep a diary?
*Literacy: When you write daily, you improve not only your writing skills but your speaking skills as well. Diary writing helps you express your feelings, thoughts and emotions in written form, which enhances your ability to express them verbally.
*Stress: Writing your feelings down changes the way your brain deals with stressful information and makes room for more positive thoughts. By not carrying around negative feelings anymore, you are releasing them and giving your body time to process and heal.
*Deeper connection to self: Keeping a diary helps you become more in tune with your thoughts, feelings, and values. It helps you set realistic goals which you hold yourself to.
*Time away from a screen: We spend so much time in front of screens. You can’t walk more than a block outside without seeing someone with some type of screen in front of their face. Research has shown that there is a limit to how much screen time is healthy. Take a break from the screen and reconnect with a pen and paper.
Until next time, friends ~ Namaste!