Member Articles

Write an article!

Journaling is a Healthy Habit

21 to 30 days to yours

by Alyssa Avant  |  2084 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Developing a habit can take 21 to 30 days. So why is it so hard to develop a habit but we have some habits we do not even know how we formed, such as nail biting or teeth grinding? Strange, huh?

One habit that I have developed over the years is the habit of journaling. Journaling is a pastime of mine that I truly enjoy.. I have a huge stack of journals from my past that hold memories that otherwise I may have forgotten. Sure, I do not spend a lot of time going through the journals, but I do from time to time look back especially on the previous year’s journal to see where I have come from, goals I have accomplished, prayers that have been answered.

Journaling is something that you can do no matter what your mood. I find myself not only journaling when I am happy, but also when I am upset about something. I can literally fill pages and pages when my stress levels rise. Oh, what a release it can be!

Looking back over the years, though, I realize that I have used my journal more when I needed that release. During stressful times in my life I filled journals much faster. To date, my most stressful time was when I was in the midst of a bad situation at my job. I literally filled a journal fool in three months, but what wonderful self-therapy it was.

I realize, reading the entries later, that if it were not for that time I took to sit down and release my thoughts I probably would have kept them all bottled up inside. Something many people do, but it is definitely not a healthy way to deal with your thoughts and feelings.

I never realized when I began journaling in my teen years how therapeutic it would be for me in my adult years. I am thankful I began the habit early on in life, because it has served me much good so far. As I grow older, I know I will only appreciate the process more and I plan to pass the tradition down to my children.

There are some habits that are hard to develop, others that are hard to break, but this one is definitely one I’m glad I took the time to begin.

About the Author

Alyssa Dees Avant is a Christian author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and business owner, when she is not speaking to audiences of young girls and their mothers, she is writing as a freelance and ghostwriter. Visit her on the web at or

Read more by Alyssa Avant

2 comments so far...

  • Journaling is awesome! My day is so much more organized and I am really living with intent. I review my goals, my why, and how I plan to get their with specific tasks for that day. I always include fun because what's a day without it! Live with intent!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Francesca on 8th May 2008

  • I write myself or my husband letters when I am upset. I blog when I want to say nice things. When I am upset or frustrated, writing helps me to calm down.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by sew4heaven on 1st May 2008