Creative journaling is one of my favorite things to do. It is not only fun, but it also helps me process and internalize what I am learning in my quiet times. It also never gets boring because there are so many ways to get creative and have fun with it. I mean, I loved it so much that I started a business around the idea! If you’re still not sold on the idea, let me help you see the light.
Not everyone keeps a journal, and some of us have mixed feelings about it in general, but journaling is so good for us! There are many cognitive and physical benefits associated with the practice of keeping a journal. According to a post by Intermountain Healthcare, 5 powerful benefits of journaling are:
- Stress Reducing: Writing in your journal on a regular basis can lower your blood pressure! It also helps us manage stressful experiences in a healthy way because writing about those experiences allows us to better process our experience and feelings around it.
- Improved Immune Function: Journaling every day keeps the doctor away! I’m serious. In studies, people who journal have improved immune system functioning and also report faster healing.
- Improved Memory: Keeping a journal improves cognitive processing. It boosts memory, comprehension, and memory capacity.
- Mood Boosting: People who journal are happier. Journaling can improve mood and increase your emotional well-being and happiness.
- Improved Emotional Intelligence: The practice of journaling allows us to be more intune with our emotions, which helps us be better at regulating them. Also, as you journal on a regular basis, you become intune with yourself and more intune with your health because you are able to better connect with your inner needs and desires.
Humans are inherently creative creatures because our God is THE Creator, and we’re made in his image. We all have creative juices flowing through us, it’s just a matter of uncovering what that looks like and how we can tap into it. Everyone’s creativity will look different and that’s okay. Just like the journaling, being creative also has its own benefits. It increases our sense of freedom as we embrace that there is no right way to be creative. It allows us to become more authentic as we access more of our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that are unlocked through our creativity. Tapping into our creativity also reduces stress because it is meditative. This means, if we’re combining being creative AND journaling, we’re getting double the stress relief!
Have fun and let loose!
In addition to all the benefits of creativity and journaling, it is just plain fun. Tomorrow when you sit down for your quiet time, test the waters a little bit and incorporate some creative journaling and see how it feels. If you’re convinced and want to get started with creative journaling here are 3 things to help you get started:
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