Men Matters: The Benefits of Journaling and Why It Matters

    Mason Lanier March 28, 2022

    There's a certain stigma around the idea of men writing in journals. Society tells us that it's a woman's thing and that men should be tough and never show their emotions. I'm here to tell you why that's wrong. Journaling is beneficial to all people, not just women. In this blog post, we'll discuss the benefits of journaling for men and why it's so important.

    Why Should Men Journal?

    Journaling is something many people do not understand the benefits of. It has so many quality advantages if done regularly, and that goes for men or women. It's a tool that can help you get through life in many ways. Let me explain.

    The act of journaling allows you to express yourself freely and get out all the ideas that are on your mind. We all have constant thoughts coming in and out, most of them aren't beneficial or even pertain to us. In fact, I'd say that's the case for 99.99% of them.


    When something of importance or significance does show up, you can't leave it up to your mind to remember it! Journaling allows you to write it down and review it again later, which is how things actually end up getting done.

    Journaling gives clarity: Sometimes when we have thoughts running around our head that we can't seem to shake, journaling is a great way to clear them up. Putting your thoughts and feelings into words on paper can help you process them better and make more sense of them. This clarity can be really helpful and amazing when it comes to making decisions in life or dealing with difficult situations.

    Journaling boosts self-confidence: When you write about how you feel on paper, this is a great way to boost your self-confidence. It shows that you're not afraid of expressing yourself and are willing to do so openly even if it's just in your journal instead of face-to-face with someone else!


    Drawbacks of Not Journaling

    Here are some of the drawbacks if you decide not to keep a journal:

    • Your thoughts will go unorganized or you might forget them altogether.
    • Your emotions will come and go as they please, without any type of control.
    • If you manage to grow as a person at all, it will be of slow proportions.

    Journaling is a great way to keep your life organized and it can help with stress levels too. So if you're looking for a way to organize all those thoughts running through your head, writing them down in a journal would be beneficial!


    How to Start Journaling

    Now that you know all of the benefits, it's time to start journaling! It can be a daunting task if you've never done it before, but don't worry - I'm here to help. Here are some tips on how to get started:

    • Find yourself a quiet place where you can write without being disturbed.
    • Choose the right type of journal. You want something that is comfortable for you to write in, so find one with lined pages or blank ones if you prefer those instead!
    • Get some pens/pencils and other writing utensils ready ahead of time, so when it's time for your session all you have left is just writing! You can also use a laptop if that's more comfortable for you.
    • Start with an outline of what you want to write about before sitting down at the computer or with pen in hand: Start each day by making some bullet points on paper outlining what will happen during your session (e.g., topics covered and goals achieved). This will give you a better idea of what you want to accomplish and help keep your session on track.
    • Don't pressure yourself into writing long entries - just write as much as you feel comfortable with. You can always go back and add more later.

    So there you have it, everything you need to start journaling today! Just remember that there is no one way of doing this, so don't feel like you have to follow any rules or guidelines when it comes time for your session. You can just let loose and write whatever comes into your mind!


    What to Write

    Now that you know how to start journaling, it's time to learn what you should actually write about! Here are some tips on topics to cover when keeping a journal, notepad, notebook, you name it:

    • Your day-to-day activities and thoughts. This is a great way to keep track of what you're doing each day and can be helpful for reflection purposes later on.
    • Your goals and progress on reaching them. This is a great way to stay accountable and motivated!
    • Thoughts and feelings about current events or situations. This can help you process what's going on in your life better.
    • Creative writing - anything from short stories to poetry!
    • Recording memories, both happy and sad.
    • Anything else that comes to mind! The possibilities are endless.

    So as you can see, there is no wrong way to journal - the important thing is that you're writing down your thoughts and feelings in some form or another. And who knows, maybe by journaling you'll be able to find some


    Mental Benefits When You Start Writing

    Here are some of the mental health benefits when you start writing:

    • You'll be able to organize your thoughts better.
    • This will help with stress levels as well! It's been proven that journaling has a positive effect on reducing anxiety and depression symptoms too - so if you're feeling down or anxious about something in particular, try writing about it! This can help you process emotions better by getting them out on paper instead of just keeping them inside your head.
    • You'll be able to remember things more easily by habit alone, which is especially helpful if you're working on projects or studying for an exam that requires a lot of information retention (such as law school).
    • It's also proven that writing improves focus and attention, which is why it's been used as an effective tool in treating ADHD.

    Journaling can help you with your emotions better by getting them out on paper instead of just keeping them inside your head. The act of writing itself has even been shown to release tension from the body - so if you're feeling stressed out, try journaling. Journaling is your pathway to health.


    Mason LanierAbout the author:  Mason Lanier is a happy and successful father of 3 who has studied personal development for nearly a decade. He works towards helping others become happy and motivated for growth through learned studies and personal experiences.
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