Now we are all doing our part to lower the curve and save lives by staying home, what better way to use your time at home than to make improvements to yourself. One of the easiest and simplest things you can is writing a daily journal. By taking a small amount of time each day, you’ll see a huge range of mental health benefits to yourself. On top of this, we are living through a historical event, looking back on a diary during this time, we will be interesting for you and your loved ones and maybe even historians in the future! Here is our top 10 list of benefits.

 

  1. Relieve Stress and improves mental health

Being stuck indoors with no idea until the social distancing ban is lifted can and will affect the mental health of many people.

Writing in a daily journal can help relieve the stress of this worrisome time and help your mental health. Whether it’s writing for emotional release, gratitude journaling, goal tracking or overcoming past traumatic events, writing about these thoughts and feelings can help clear our minds and deal with the problems we face.

  1. Records life story. An accurate record of history for future people to read.

We certainly are living through unchartered territory right now. Never before in history have governments all over the world locked down their people to reduce the spread of a virus. Writing about your own life story for future people to read is a great reason for keeping a daily journal.

  1. Increases gratitude and life satisfaction

Gratitude journaling is a fantastic way to improve mental health and happiness. Writing about the things we appreciate and love- especially to get us through the Corona Crisis will give you tremendous strength and motivation to get through the day with appreciation for what you have.

 

  1. Boosts creativity and allows you to keep a record of your ideas

With all this free time on our hands, what better time is there to record ideas and allow creativity to flow. Whether it’s for future plans or something you can work on right now at home, having a place to jot down ideas will allow you an opportunity to create something great.

 

  1. Organising thoughts, clarity and congruence

You may find this time at home unpleasant, stressful and depressing. But writing about your thoughts and emotions on this will help you find clarity and a reason for why you feel so. Recognising your thoughts and feelings can help you deal with them.

  1. Self- Reflection

Stephen Fry has even urged people to take a back seat and enjoy the slow pace the Coronavirus has caused. What better way to do this than to self- reflect? By Slowing down the usual fast-pace of daily life, you can take a moment to be mindful of the here and now. It’s a great way to prevent anxiety and stress about the future.

  1. Recording dreams

Tap into your subconscious mind. Upon waking write immediately what you can remember from our dreams. It may reveal patterns or thoughts that you weren’t aware of.

  1. Allows you to create goals and track your progress

Make a goal and use daily journaling to track and keep on top of them. It will give you something to work on each day in isolation.

  1. Enhances psychological and physical health

A study by Pennebaker found that writing about who you are and what you want to achieve increases your psychological well-being.

  1. Help people living with Dementia

Whether its for people living with dementia or the carers writing a daily journal has wonderful benefits for everyone involved. You can read more about it here.