The illusive diary – a treasure trove of the most personal and deeply secretive stirrings and goings-on of the author. A diary must be respected as private at all times because, for many, it’s as much a vehicle of organisation as it is of emotional respite.
Desite being the cliched plot point for every 80s teenage flick, there are wonderful benefits to keeping a general diary of your inner thoughts. Here are 6 ways keeping a written log of your life can benefit you as both an active person and worker.
1. Venting isn’t just for machines
It’s important to remember that you’re human: you feel and have limits just like everyone. After a particularly stressful day when you have nobody to talk with, your diary can become your support system. By simply writing down what’s irking you you’ve taken a huge step toward feeling much more like yourself.
2. Remember the magical within the mundane
As the late, great and fictional Ferris Bueller once said: “Life moves pretty quickly, if you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you’ll miss it”. With your handy journal you can document your entire life one day at a time. Perfect for those low moments where you need a reminder that amazing things have happened to you – and recently too.
3. Leave a legacy
Nothing would mean more to the people who love you than a book filled with your ramblings and thoughts. Writing is purest form of expression, especially when it’s performed with no intention of an audience. When you pass on, imagine the joy your loved ones could experience as they flick through your daily passages and reflect on you as a person, not a memory.
4. Journaling can do wonders for your mental health
The results for how effective diary writing is for overall mental wellbeing are so conclusive that there’s an official Centre For Journal Therapy. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment found that 15-20 minutes of journaling on 3-5 different occasions is enough to show a substantial improve in mental health for people dealing with loss or heartbreak.
5. Flex your creative muscles
After a day of data entry or logistical meetings, there’s nothing more crucial than reigniting a creative spark. Unfortunately, most people’s jobs don’t permit sprawling creativity so it’s important that time is still made to try and jump-start the imagination. Try writing a short story about your day or a terrible poem about that dog you saw on the tube – it doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be yours.
6. Log your successes and mistakes
Like you would write a report a work of your businesses’ progresses and setbacks, use your diary to log your strengths of the day against your weaknesses. You might find it to skyrocket your self-esteem or give you better perspective for the rest of the week.