“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time. ”

**Mina Murray.

Writing in a journal each day can make a positive contribution to our overall health. There have been many studies concluding that journaling can alleviate stress, and we all know just how harmful stress can be to the mind and body.

As humans, it is natural at times for us to bottle things up. Emotions, thoughts and things we have to say. We do this for a number of reasons, to save someone’s feelings, to avoid confrontation or even out of shyness.

It’s okay, you’re not alone. We all do it.

So rather than carrying those thoughts, emotions or feelings around with us, it’s beneficial to release them. Otherwise they build up similar to steam in a pressure cooker, resulting in either an explosion or worse, disease.

Routinely journaling is a wonderful way of releasing these things so that we can continue on our way without the weight of the past in our minds.

However, journaling can be so much more than just releasing tension. It can be used as a tool for recognising your accomplishments, focusing on what you are grateful for and also for setting goals.
Keeping a daily gratitude journal shifts the focus from negativity in our lives on to that in which we are grateful. Over time, this can completely shift the mindset to one of positivity and vitality for life, and there is always, always something to be grateful for.

So, why not give it a go?

Anyone can do it.