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The Benefits of Journaling and Using Planners to Improve Your Wellbeing 

Journals, planners and notebooks are rising in popularity again, and rightly so! I know many people who love writing lists and feel a deep sense of satisfaction when they tick off each item. Such a simple activity yet it lets you know you are in control of your life and that all is in order.  

Understanding your world and feeling in control of your thoughts and feeling is important for your wellbeing. This is where journaling comes into play. Keeping a journal is a highly recommended stress-management tool that allows you to connect with yourself. 

Often people are asked to start journaling but because they don’t know what to write about, they soon stop. LightCave has proudly released a series of notebooks, planners and a wellbeing journal. While the notebooks are perfect for diaries and notetaking, the planners and journal are structured with worksheets that take you on a journey of self-discovery, reflection, healing and improvement.    

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. – Robin Sharma 

There are many reasons why you would choose to use a notebook, planner or journal. Let's go back a few years, down memory lane to the time of the secret diary. How many times did you write to 'dear diary' about your wants and wishes, what happened with your best friend or who you had a fight with? Writing things down is a therapeutic way of releasing tension, processing emotions and immortalizing experiences. It is the same with journaling. A journal says so much about you and what's going on inside of you. 

A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to “become”. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream. – Brad Wilcox 

Benefits of journal, planners and notebooks 

  1. Journaling reduces stress  

Journaling acts as a very effective tool in dealing with stress and provides you with a safe space where you can write down the issues or negativity you're facing. Writing down what you're facing will help you cope with the situation in a better way as you'll be able to figure out what's bothering you the most and how to solve it. Writing down your emotions such as anger, sorrow, and grief will reduce the intensity of these emotions. Instead of getting angry at your close ones, you'll be able to deal with matters with a clear and positive attitude.  

  1. Keeping a planner motivates you 

Are you one of those people who feel lazy all the time and do not feel like they can achieve their goals or targets on time? If yes, then it's about time you started using one of our various wellbeing planners to deal with the important life plans and deadlines. Our planners range from habit trackers, gratitude journals, creating your dream life planner, 2021 year planner and a finance planner.  

Writing down your schedule will keep you motivated and energetic throughout the day. At the end of the day, when you finally tick off everything on your to-do list, you'll feel extremely satisfied and happy with yourself that you were able to achieve what your targets were without failing.  

  1. Writing sharpens your memory  

How often have you lost track of an idea, information or items on your to-do list? Sometimes the solution is to write it down, especially if you lead a busy life. Investing in a notebook will help you sharpen your memory, boost creativity and improve your prioritisation skills. Just make sure that you keep your notebook nearby in a convenient spot so that you can read it often and have easy access to what you have written.  

  1. Journaling reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression 

If you're battling with depression or suffer from anxiety, then you should start writing down whatever you feel in a journal. A pro tip is to write down your thoughts and allow yourself to return to the subject later, freeing up your mind and giving you the mental space to rest or engage in other activities. You can then reurn to what you have written and /or drawn when you are feeling more relaxed and tackle any issues when you are in a better place. Once you write down the thoughts and feelings you often feel much better about the situation. 

If you're down because you lost a job or a loved one recently, then using a wellbeing journal or planner will help you process your grief and loss, sort out your schedule and life goals. You can write, draw and scrapbook anything you want. 

Whether you are revisiting an old pastime or taking up a new hobby, journaling and planning will surely help you relax and think clearly.