Journaling was long thought of a practice reserved for us writers (and middle schoolers who have a top-secret diary), but that's no longer the case: People of all ages have found journaling for mental health to be an efficient, therapeutic, and relaxing activity.
In recent years, bullet journals — aka, journals that are all about goal setting and staying organized — have become super popular on social media and IRL. However, some people have gravitated towards keeping gratitude journals, journals with daily prompts, or just plain old notebooks where they scribble whatever comes to mind. Not to mention, digital journals and journaling apps are also immensely popular, particularly for those who don't like to use old school pen and paper.
So, why is the practice of writing down our most intimate thoughts, fears, and accomplishments seemingly beneficial to the mental health of so many people, anyways? Sure, the simple answer may be that writing things down can help release some of the feelings and thoughts you may be bottling up. However, a growing body of research is proving keeping a journal has way more benefits to both our physical and mental health than most of us probably thought.From boosting your memory to decreasing depressive symptoms, here are eight proven ways that journaling can have a positive impact on your mental health.