by Susan Lewis

One way to start fresh is to start writing in a journal. It doesn’t have to be something fancy, just a simple notebook will do. You can even keep a journal online. There are several websites that allow you to keep a digital journal for free.

Journals can be very therapeutic. They can help you gain a perspective on where you are in your life right now, help you to look back and see where you have been and how things have changed, and just be a space to vent.

Many medical journals talk about the health benefits of journaling, including reducing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, dealing with traumatic issues, and improving your overall mood.

You can even keep a gratitude journal where you can record things that you are thankful for. What better way to keep track of your everyday blessings!

Journals can also just be a place to capture pieces of your life, like a literal photo album. A few words written every day can express what you did and how you felt without making you feel you have to write a dissertation (besides, you are way too young for a PhD :-)

Another benefit of keeping a journal is it keeps you writing. Writing is a muscle you develop like any other muscle in your body.

While some people seem to just overflow with words, some people need to work at it. Like exercise and riding a bike. Over time, taking the thoughts that seem to flow effortlessly in your mind will become easier to express in words.