7 Ways Journaling Can Save Your Life
By Diana Raab, PhD
“Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind.”
My passion for journaling began at the age of ten when my mother handed me a journal to help me cope with my grandmother’s suicide in my childhood home. I poured my fears, tears and worries onto its pages. I’ve inspired all three of my children to journal and now more than five decades later, I continue to journal and advocate that it’s saved my life on many occasions including a turbulent adolescence, bedrest with three children, the loss of loved ones and two cancer journeys.
The journal or notebook is a powerful tool not only if you are a writer, but a tool for wellness. It’s a place to intimately express feelings and emotions, record memories, explore secrets and transcribe musings. Journaling can help us tap into the heart of our souls. The journal makes no judgments; it is free of editors, critics and teachers. It is the music and voice of our true emotion. Journaling regularly can help with problem-solving and stress reduction.
There is no right and wrong way to journal. The goal is to just get your words on the page. When you begin journaling, it’s a good idea to do it regularly at the same time each day. This way it becomes a habit and an integral part of your day. It’s also a good idea to date entries so that when looking back there will be a landmark to return to when you want to know how you were feeling about something at a particular time.
Here are some ways that a journal can save your life:
About the Author
Diana Raab, MFA, PhD is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and blogger, and speaker who advocates the healing and transformative powers of writing. She’s the author of eight books and her essays and poetry have been widely published. She’s a regular blogger for Psychology Today. PsychAlive, Thrive Global and Elephant Journal. Her latest book is Writing for Bliss: Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life (Loving Healing Press, Sept 2017)
In this activity, you engage in a mindfulness meditation.
In this activity, you imagine being your best self.
In this activity, you practice savoring the moment.