Updated: Feb 1
Nowadays, we are all stressed. Prolonged screen time, lockdowns, and exams are just some of the numerous stressors plaguing our lives. One thing that I found helpful during these stressful times was journaling. From my interview with Gabe, which can be found in the "Student Stories" section, he found there to be a stigma surrounding activities like these as they are deemed to be deviations and abnormalities from what is considered expected behavior. Not enough students are journaling daily, and I believe this activity alone can help bring one's stress levels down considerably and cleanse one's mind.
Journalling for me allowed me to see my life from a different perspective. Ever since I started taking note of what happens in my life daily, I became more grateful and gained a greater sense of control over my life. When I first heard about journaling, I thought it would lead nowhere and that its benefits were just bogus speculation. Having documented various aspects of my life and goals I was able to accomplish throughout several months, I have come to realize and witness first-hand my growth. Without this documentation, I would not have realized how far I have come since the goals I achieve would most likely have been a glossed-over piece of my life. Another amazing benefit I gained from journaling was the epiphany that life is truly a roller coaster of emotions. From recording my most joyful days to ones that seemed dreary and hopeless, I was able to see exactly how I overcame obstacles and realized that it was through these struggles that I saw the most growth. Lastly, another benefit I saw from journaling was that I maintained self-discipline and control. By allotting 5-10 minutes each day for this task, I held myself accountable for a small part of the day, translating into other more important aspects of my life. I developed my organizational skills by allotting specific amounts of time for homework and extracurricular activities, which helped me finish tasks more efficiently. Overall, as high school students, journaling may seem like a burden or obligation at first; however, the skills you learn, such as recognizing self-improvement and organization, are truly beneficial during these turbulent times.