Having an established routine that you follow every evening before bed is an important part of setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep as well as a successful next morning.
Incorporating journalling into your schedule can be an enormously beneficial addition to your night, aiding in your wind-down from the day and helping you sift through what’s happened in the last 10 hours or so.
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to sit down with a journal, check out these three top reasons to incorporate the habit into your existing routine.
Ease a Worried Mind
Studies have shown that the emotional release that comes from keeping a journal helps to lower anxiety and stress. Putting your worries and stresses on paper will get them out of your mind and even help you to have a better night’s sleep.
But if you’re thinking it’s all doom and gloom, it doesn’t have to be all worrisome entries into your bedside journal – it can be to-do lists, future goals or even grocery lists.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Taking just five minutes each night to write down just one thing that you are grateful for can have huge benefits to your well-being.
Numerous studies show that a regular practice of gratitude journalling has substantial positive impacts on your mental and physical health, with increased levels of optimism and fewer aches and pains!
Increase Your Creativity
As you continue your evening ritual, you’ll likely have the natural urge to try out different methods of writing or journalling. Writing regularly can help you to learn new ways to work through your thoughts, as well as to communicate them better. This will inevitably lead you to be more adept at reviewing particular complex thoughts, issues or struggles you may have been dealing with. You can then make a note of these and return to them later as well as gaining a fresh perspective.