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Journaling Can Transform Your Life

There are times in our lives when we simply have too much going on in our heads. Sometimes it is the more ‘trivial’ things in life such as grocery lists, appointments and emails. However, we are also preoccupied with more profound thoughts – both positive and negative. Unless we manage our thoughts in some way there is a risk that we can be left feeling overwhelmed, confused, disconnected from ourselves, dissatisfied, stressed and lacking in direction in life.

Do any of those feelings resonate with you? If the answer is yes, please don’t worry, it simply means you are human!

We all go through times when we get caught up listening to that constant little voice in our heads and really attach ourselves to what it is saying. We all go through periods when we get caught up in our thinking and don’t know what to do. I have been there myself, I get it!

How Journaling Helped Me

I remember clearly going through a period in my life when I was single (and was beginning to wonder if I always would be!). In addition, I felt I needed a new career challenge, I had stopped exercising and friends were starting to marry and have children which impacted on my socialising. I had so much going on in my head but honestly didn’t know how to deal with it. I had no idea how to work through what I wanted and how I was going to move on. It was at that point that my Dad gave me some personal development recordings and a guide to journaling, and my life changed. It was so important to me that I immediately committed to journaling and taking positive steps to improve in my life. Before too long, things started to change beyond all recognition. Fast forward a few years and I am now married to my wonderful wife, have my own coaching business (coaching is my passion in life!), live in a lovely house and am surrounded by incredibly supportive friends and family. I’m not saying that to brag in any way, it’s simply to highlight that if I can do it, so can you. Trust me!

I must admit that when I first heard about journaling all those years ago I did wonder how simply writing down things that were in your head could make a big difference to your life. However, when I started writing I felt the benefits almost immediately. It gave me clarity, throwing up insights that I wouldn’t have picked up on before. It allowed me to get things out of my head and onto a piece of paper where I could read over my thoughts and feelings and deal with them far more effectively. Very quickly it allowed me to decide on whether to let the thought or feeling go, or take action on it. My experience of journaling has helped me immensely and I hope I have conveyed how journaling can transform your life. I would love to hear about your experience so please do comment below.

If you still need convincing, please make sure to read the top 10 benefits of journaling that I have uncovered on my journey…

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