I’ve started writing a diary since the start of this month.
I always wondered, why do people keep diaries? Why to write you day in it? It won’t be of any use in future…
Recently, I came across a very beautiful article written on WordPress by a girl who kept writing a dairy since she was 7/8 years old. The way she told her experience and the beautiful way in which she conveyed the importance and need of writing a diary touched my heart.
Therefore I decided to write a diary and see what happens.
Also when I started, I was having emotional imbalance. I read it somewhere that writing about your emotions helps.
So that’s what pushed me to try this new ritual.
I’ve been writing for a month now and I realised that everything that girl mentioned in her blog was so true! And there are many other benefits as well.
I’d like to share them with you.
Here are few ways in which keeping a dairy helped me –
1. Improved my writing.
I feel it much easier to express my emotions through words now.
As I write about my daily life and what happened and how I felt, it also kinda improves my storytelling. Every day when you write a diary, you eventually try different and interesting ways to tell the incident.
2. Reduced my overthinking.
When you are writing about something, you tend to analyse it. You cannot write the same stuff again and again. At some point (usually after 3-5 mins) you run out of negative thoughts to write.
That’s helpful. It helps you gain clarity on your thoughts. When your thoughts are on paper, it’s easy to analyse them and rule out the ones that really don’t make any sense.
But when these same thoughts continue to stay in your head, you get into downward spiral of overthinking.
3. I can enjoy good memories, any time! 🙂
Yes! When you’re writing about your good emotions, note the details of the situation and express yourself.
When you go through it the next week you will feel as if you’re living the experience once again.
You will feel grateful for those beautiful moments you had in your life.
4. I realised every day is new.
Now this might sound pretty obvious. But when you write diary you truly feel it. Every single day is unique, no matter how same your tedious chores are. There are many different things that happen every day.
I used to think how boring my life is, doing the same repetitive tasks again and again. But now I understand, there are many small, new elements you can include in your daily life to make it more interesting.
This might also remind you that every day is a fresh start and you have the ability to make it more beautiful.
5. Reduces stress –
When you are stressed or overwhelmed and there are so many thoughts in your mind that you find hard to control, writing them down can be helpful.
Once they are on paper, they do not bother you that much.
6. Makes it easy to reflect on yourself –
It gives you time and opportunity to think about yourself. About your feelings, about your growth, about your problems and about your happiness.
Life is short. It goes by quick. Between out hectic schedules it’s easy to miss out the little moments of happiness and growth. You need to hold on to those little moments and reflect on them. Pay attention to them. Live them.
7. It makes it super easy to track your progress –
You want to develop a habit. Or you want to read 500 pages of the novel this month.
All of these tasks need you to keep a track record of your progress.
How cool would it be to write that – You are following up on your habit or you are on your way to achieve your goal every day in your diary!
You’d feel proud and happy. Even when you are not able to keep up to your word, when you write about it, you feel the need to continue the behaviour in future.
So that’s how this “new” behaviour has now become my helpful habit.
You can try this out too guys!
What is your experience with writing a diary? Or starting a new habit?
Please share in the comments below!
I’d like to read! 🙂
Hope you all are having a fantastic week my friends!!