One of the habits we encourage our girls to begin is keeping a journal of their day-to-day activities, thoughts, and feelings. There are a number of benefits that come from keeping a detailed journal, which is why we encourage all of our girls to do it. In an effort to inform you of this treatment method and maybe convince you to keep one of your own, here are a few of the most prominent benefits that come from keeping a daily journal.

A Nostalgic Record

One of the cool things about journaling is that it allows you to flip through your life and reminisce about the things that have happened in the past. This is always a fun experience that can be shared with friends and family. From the good days to the bad days, you will make sure that no experience is forgotten and that they are all appreciated for years to come.

A Time to Reflect

As you’re sitting down to journal, the experience can be compared to meditation because it involves you sitting calmly in a quiet place and thinking back on your day. You can think of what went well, what didn’t go well, how you felt, and everything else that happened. This quiet time of reflection offers comfort and stability to your life, making it a perfect addition to your nightly routine.

A Time to Be Grateful

One of the best things a person can do to increase their happiness levels and productivity and change their behaviors is to make an effort every day to be grateful. When you are journaling, we encourage you to list at least three things that you were grateful for that day. That will help you focus on the positive and have a more optimistic outlook on life. It will also be nice to see when you read back through your journal.

A History of Improvement

As you keep track of your day-to-day activities while you’re going through treatment, you will be able to actually see the progress you are making. You will be able to notice that your word choice after attending treatment for a while is much more positive than it was before. You will also be able to recognize behavioral trends, triggers, and other things that are helpful for treatment. So in addition to giving you a good indication of where you are on your path to recovery, it will also help speed up your progress.