Journaling is a good way to help keep your mind healthy while recording specific parts of your life that you can share with loved ones later. Here are five reasons why seniors should keep a journal.
1. Stress Relief
The simple act of writing is extremely calming. Reading and writing lower your blood pressure and your cortisol levels. Sit down with your journal and dive deep into your thoughts. There are no rules. Write what you feel. Write page after page, or write hardly anything at all. How you journal is entirely up to you, but it should never be a stressful exercise. Journaling is about letting yourself go and writing the words out of your head so you don’t have to worry over them anymore.
2. Keep Track of Goals
If you have some goals that you’ve been meaning to keep this new year, writing them down in a journal can help you keep track of your progress. There are several journals that are designed specifically to help you achieve whatever it is you want. Watching your progress through your writing can help motivate you to make it all the way to the end.
3. Tell Your Stories
You have so many stories to tell, and journaling can help you tell those stories. Maybe you have a tale stuck up in your head from years ago, and you never can remember to tell the grandkids the story when they’re around. Write it down. One day, you can read it to them or they can read it much, much later. Either way, keeping a journal of your life and important moments that happened in the past is a great way to pass your wisdom and life lessons on to your loved ones who will read your writing long after you are gone.
4. Combat Memory Loss
Writing keeps the wheels in your head turning and exercises your brain just like a workout. One study found that reading, writing, and playing games could slow the onset of dementia. This study looked at nearly 300 seniors for six years and annually tested their cognitive abilities. Scientists found that the seniors who read and wrote regularly had a much slower rate of mental decline than the seniors who did not read and write much.
5. Time for Rest
You need time to yourself. Rest and relaxation are important for your body and your mind. Sitting down to write in a journal gives you that time to rest and recharge. Stretching, eating right, and drinking enough water are all great things for you to do, but at the end of the day, getting enough rest is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health.