Journaling has done wonders for me personally. It is a form of self-catharsis as well as self-expression and creation. You will feel a sense of emotional and mental relief when you write in your journal. Not only that, you may receive insights, lessons, or perspective-shifts with the use of your journal. In my Holistic Life Design system 1.0 (An In-depth Course), I explain the way I use a journal in the most optimal way for my life. I recommend that you take a look at it because I think it will help change your life too.
You can use a journal as a mind dump mentally & emotionally, a diary, a place for writing in all your acquired knowledge & experiences, a place to write letters for your future self, gratitude lists, prayers, and so much more. The ways to use a journal are endless. For me, I always write in the date, day of the week, and the time when I start a journal entry. This way, you will know what point in time you had a certain mindset or received insight. You can actually use a journal however you please. It is like your own therapist that is free and accessible all the time. You can always keep a digital or physical journal. I have multiple journals both digital & physical.
I write in the physical one because it gives me that sense of deep self-introspection and writing physical paper with a pen just gives that satisfying feeling to it. I believe the biggest change in me after using journaling as part of my routine is a tremendous increase in my self-awareness. With a higher self-awareness I get to take better control of my life and be a better pilot rather than having no direction. This blog is somewhat like a journal to me as well except that I aim to provide value to others rather than just using it as a mental & emotional mind dump.
I guess for me having a journal is so great because I didn’t grow up with many friends and there were never that many people who understood me. Writing in a journal would give off that feeling that I am writing to someone who completely understands my every thought. It is a form of intense relief for me personally. I am someone who also loves to write because I am introvert (INFJ) and also a music artist / lyricist. It is essential to know yourself well so that you understand what you truly want out of life. If you understand that part, everything else will fall into place pretty smoothly.