Journaling has been a lifelong activity for me. It’s also a great stress reliever. When you have time to jot down some of your private thoughts, fears, and daydreams you release an inner creativity that can loosen the grip stress has over you. Writing this blog is stress relief most days and when there is too much on my plate I can still set it aside for a day and come back to the friendly confines of wordpress.com to pick up where I left off.
Judy Collins, the great female folk artist once said, “I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.” St. Paul’s letters, which comprise most of the New Testament, are sometimes written like journals in letter form. Writing may not come natural but it can be a fantastic stress relief as long as your thoughts are not read by others who might not understand your musings or directness – be careful. Use journalling to off-load some of the emotional stress that builds up.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Enjoy the wordcraft and the stress relief of journaling.