January is National Journal Writing Month-a great time to start something new. Plus, we’re all about to turn the page into a new year. Many of us are enthusiastic about welcoming in 2021, hoping that it will bring new miracles and opportunities.
We are still in the midst of the pandemic, but the hope is that life will return to some semblance of normal. However, it may be more likely that we’ll all need to get used to “a new normal.” Whether this involves continued stay-at-home orders, new remote job prospects, or simply more of the same, it’s vital that we maintain a sense of perspective and recognize that this is a temporary situation. It’s also important to try to tap into our inner child and focus on wonder and awe, and journaling can definitely help.
Following are 7 reasons why journaling is something to consider in 2021:
- A journal acts as a container for sentiments, hopes, and dreams.
- Journaling provides an emotional release and gives a voice to feelings that may have been suppressed.
- Writing in a journal builds self-awareness and helps to create a narrative.
- As you put your thoughts down on paper, you may find that you feel more grateful for your life as a whole.
- The act of writing in a journal fosters exploration and self-discovery.
- You can begin to see the light through the darkness as you write.
- Journal writing provides you with inspiration for change.
Journaling as inspiration for change could help you consider a new way of doing and thinking about things. Perhaps it will show you what the pandemic has taught you about yourself, your loved ones, or the universe. Or, you may begin to view the people in your life in an entirely different way.
The silver lining of the pandemic is that even though many lives have been lost, and there are increasing numbers of COVID-19 diagnoses, we’re living in a time when we’re able to access the most up-to-date statistics and medical updates. Sometimes we become overloaded by this type of information, though, so that’s the time to pause and do something else. And that’s when journaling can really come to the rescue.