The Benefits of Journaling

Ever felt like you were being a burden while venting to a friend? Looking for a super cheap, incredibly effective way to relieve stress? Are you a goal-setting addict? If you answered yes to any of these questions (or even if you didn’t), journaling would be perfect for you. Check out some of the benefits below and get writing!

Journaling is a FANTASTIC way to relieve stress. A journal is a great place to rant and rave because no one else can read it, and that way you eliminate the risk of you taking out your anger on someone close to you. If you pick up the habit of journaling regularly, you will notice yourself becoming so much more balanced and calm because you’re venting all of the things that make you stressed and upset through writing!


Also, journaling is a really good way to reflect on the day – you can see what went well, and what went wrong. A journal is a wonderful resource to have because you can talk (write) about as much as you want, without the worry of someone getting tired of listening to you! One of my favorite things to do is make lists, so I recently started making a list of 10 things I’m grateful for each night when I journal. Doing this makes me so much more optimistic and aware of how much I have. I strongly recommend it.

After you’ve been journaling for a while, it becomes a great way to look back on your life. Not only is it fun to see what you were doing on the exact date a year ago, or five years ago; it’s also fantastic to be able to see how far you’ve progressed over time. You can actually see yourself grow if you go back and read through what you’ve written, and it’s so inspiring to see how many of your goals you’ve met and continue to work on. Journaling is a great way to keep track of goals – if you journal regularly, you’re more than likely to write about the process as you’re working on achieving a goal. Then, once you complete it, you can go back and see how much hard work you put into it. Also, you’re able to see how you work, which makes you a better worker too!

Writing in a journal is an incredibly introspective activity. As you form the habit of keeping a journal, you will learn so much about yourself. You can see patterns of good times and bad times, and learn what habits or circumstances might have led to those good and bad times. This means that you can learn what makes you happiest; then you can prioritize your life so that the things that make you happiest are what’s front and center! What’s not to love about that?! And…why haven’t you picked up a pen yet? Get journaling – you DEFINITELY won’t regret it!



Claire Francis

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Claire Francis

​I'm Claire, and I'll be a freshman at Ole Miss in the fall studying International Studies with minors in Spanish, business, and public policy. My favorite time of day is early in the morning, and I love driving with the windows down when the weather is good. In my spare time, you can probably find me tweeting, reading, or doing something Smart Girls Group related!

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