3 Benefits of Journaling to Boost Teen Confidence and Wellbeing— By Jannetje van Leeuwen, Co-creator of NOSO Journal, Journal for Teens
We all kind of inherently know the power of journaling, its ability to give breathing space, create clearer thinking, pave the way for creative breakthroughs, to provide a lens for looking at things anew, to put things in perspective, to dream, to create.
As an advocate of journaling (I’ve been keeping a journal since I can remember), I can attest to the profound and positive impact it has had on my life. As a mother – the thought arises time and time again – I imagine how my kids would benefit if they got to discover the joy of journaling at their age. How amazing a gift would that be to give them?
So, I decided to research and share 3 bulletproof benefits of journaling that would have a massive positive impact on teens.
3 Teen Journaling Benefits
1. It can help teens to Learn Better
Writing and journaling notes is a process of revision and helps us to remember things better. Neuroscientists are vehemently against the decline in putting pen to paper – because there is a neural circuitry that occurs that helps us learn and remember better than if we use tech, which triggers a different part of the brain and uses a repetitive, less complex activity of typing.
Better learning means better exam results, better remembering important facts, more focus, easier decision making, and thus getting more out of life and learning. What’s not to like about that?!
2. It can help teenagers Be Happier and Work Through Stress
Stress is a major issue, rising among teens. “75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.”
Journaling provides a positive outlet, can help teenagers tame their stress and learn to make sense of their emotions. It can help identify the cause of their stresses, anxieties or whatever is troubling them. Goals are set more easily and clearly; they become tangible and attainable.
Journaling also elicits a state of mind similar to mindfulness – which is a buzz word amongst many – and for good reason. As it is widely associated with greater happiness, giving more meaning to our experiences and more focus on what is important to us.
3. It can help our youth to get Better Sleep
Sleep is such a vital part of teens’ growth and development. “The life of today’s teenager is busy and in constant flux. They have increasing responsibilities at school and at home, their social lives are expanding, their independence is growing, and they’re making plans for their future. Adolescence is a time of significant maturation—physical, emotional, intellectual. Sleep fuels these important processes. Good, plentiful sleep is essential to teens’ development, growth, and quality of life.”
Screen activity is taking away precious sleeping time from our adolescents. Bringing back some analogue, offline activity positively influences sleep and wellbeing. By writing things down that we are grateful for, for example, can already lead to better, deeper and longer sleep.
Dedicated to boosting teen confidence and wellbeing, we are launching our passion project NOSO Journal on Kickstarter on Monday, November 20th. Want to know more? Check out https://www.facebook.com/nosojournal
~Jannetje van Leeuwen is the Co-creator of NOSO Journal, Journal for Teens