Health care professionals have long praised the benefits that keeping a journal has on one’s mental health. It’s an aid to self-development and self-awareness, as it records information about one’s innermost feelings and ideas. In addition, it can be helpful in keeping track of your health, including things like what triggers your migraine headaches, for example.

In fact, much has been written about the benefits of keeping a journal, including:

• Helps clarify goals and dreams
• Helps quiet the mind and allows you to focus
• Gives you “ME” time
• Lends a written account of where you are and where you’re going

Tight on time? You don’t need much to give journaling a try! Aim for a few minutes each day and see how it makes you feel.