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Day 274: Journaling, a habit that will keep you healthy and nice !

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A friend shared this link today. It is about maintaining a journal everyday. Apparently this research indicates that successful leaders usually maintain journals everyday. As I was reading this article I remembered the time when I used to journal everyday. Until about 6-7 years ago. Even though I was not completely regular in that, I did maintain it for a long time. I enjoyed it and it did make me feel better. It was like as though the notebook or the diary was my favorite, nonjudgmental friend. I stopped doing that in between. Probably after I started blogging, I kind of slowed down and then completely stopped. However, after reading this article, I think it is a good thing to start doing that again (digital or writing-doesn't matter). In fact, with technology, we can even do video and audio journaling. For those who cannot  and don't want to write, the alternate means are better ideas.

This article indicates how journaling is one way to reflect one's own thoughts and also be intuitive enough to develop new ideas. So, why does it actually help? 

To be honest, it is because, we write. In fact, when you write you heal. I have always believed in writing. It is not the quality of your writing that matters, it is the very process. It does not matter how many grammatical errors you have, or a typo, or even your flow of thoughts. As you progress writing, it changes and you improve. If I were to look at my old writings, I am sure I will probably frown now and may be even be ashamed. That doesn't matter at all. 

Writing helps trigger the creative side of your brain and the mode of expression helps healing process better. Writing is like having a dialogue. As writing journal is a way to help you have a conversation with your psyche, you must write it in a language that will make you more comfortable. 

Even though I do not write journals these days, this everyday blogging has helped me get through some tough moments in the recent times. I am sure, if I were journaling sincerely, probably the introspective scribbles might have helped me keep stress at bay. I know that the time taken to journal is probably less than 10-20 minutes a day. Research indicates how writing everyday and even journaling the negative memories and moments actually helped in improving the working memory of adults. I think I should probably find my old companion and start my journey once again. It is time.. it surely is...

Do you guys journal and if so, do share your experience ! 
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