The Benefits I've Discovered From Using A Memory Journal

Memories. We make them every day, whether they're good, bad or mediocre. We live our lives to make them. Who doesn't love making memories? Obviously making good memories is a better option than making bad ones, but it's such a heartwarming feeling to make memories that will last a lifetime.

A memory journal on a bedside table.


How we record our memories however differs between all of us. Nowadays, we use our phones to take tonnes of photos and take up memory on our Icloud (or Android). We may want to scrapbook memories with little mementoes and keepsakes. We might want to print off photos we've taken and organise them into photo albums in Monica Gellar style (Friends reference, FYI). But there could be some who may want to document our memories in a different way - a journal.


A few months ago, I was strolling through the magazine/book aisle in Morrison's (other supermarkets are available to visit) and this book caught my eye. I picked it up, had a quick skim of the pages, and thought it was a fun and creative idea for a journal. A memory journal. This memory journal asks you about so many different memories you have experienced in your life. Your first word, first kiss, first car, first best friend, first concert...I could go on and on. It's taken me a little while, but I've managed to make my way through the book - and there are still some empty spaces for more memories to be fulfilled and documented. 

So, what are the benefits of owning a memory journal? Here they are -

A memory journal on a bedside table.


1) It makes you see how far you've come

Filling out this memory journal has definitely made me see how far I've come. From being the shy kid in the classroom to being the feisty and headstrong woman I have become today. It's nice to see how much progression has been made and I know I can do more to make it better.  Remembering my 'firsts' as it were has also made me realise how many memories I do have!

2) Brings back childhood memories

My first best friend, my first teacher, my first pet...those childhood memories came flooding back when I filled out this section of the memory journal. With CF, I wasn't blessed with such a perfect childhood, but when I look back on my younger years, I always like to look at happier times. You know. the ones when I wasn't in the hospital having needles jabbed in me left, right and centre. It also made me think of how innocent times were back then. No social media, barely functioning dial-up Internet and as children the outdoors was our favourite kind of play. 

3) Allows you to revisit past events (good or bad)

Like I said, before, we all have good and bad memories. This memory journal made me revisit past life events, even the ones I had forgotten about. I also think that revisiting past memories makes you see what you have learned. We all have a few bad memories, the bad memories are the ones that we draw lessons from. They could be the biggest lessons or the smallest, but you always learn.

A memory journal on a bedside table.

I'd definitely recommend using a memory journal if you fancy reminiscing on the best aspects of your life!

Have you ever used a memory journal before? Let me know!

24 comments
  1. I don't have a real memory journal, but I have started writing down memories in a designated book. I definitely have enjoyed remembering old memories, one triggers another x

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    1. I found that remembering one memory triggers another when I've been using this journal x

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  2. I've never heard of a memory journal before, but I love the sound of it! Thanks for sharing your experience, I'd love to incorporate this into my nightly routine.

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    1. It's such a good journal to write in, it's nice to reminisce about good memories!

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  3. This is a sweet idea! Guess it's a cross between a gratitude journal and a scrap book! I have a scrap book that I print pictures and stick in and it's a reaaaally lovely way to keep those precious memories x

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    1. Yeah it really is Jenny!
      I love that you have a scrapbook to keep your best memories in! x

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  4. This sounds interesting I haven’t seen a memory journal before. I print photos and scrapbook certain things. But starting in January I am going back to journaling daily. I will have to look more into this. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren - www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. I like that you have decided to go back to journaling in the New Year, a memory journal may be perfect for you!

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  5. I’ve not used a memory journal but seems like a lovely idea.

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  6. I've never used a memory journal before but I love the idea of it for re-reading old ideas and events - even not so nice ones!
    Rosie

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    1. Yeah it is a lovely way to reminisce Rosie!

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  7. Ohh this is such a good idea! I've not seen anything like this before, but it looks really good. It'd make an ace Christmas present X

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    1. Yeah it really would make a lovely Christmas present! x

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  8. I had never heard of a memory journal but it sounds like something I would really love to fill in!

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    1. It's such a lovely way to pass the time Simona!

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  9. This sounds like such a lovely idea! I love keeping my blog and Instagram for my memories, but what a lovely thing to have a little book filled full of old and new memories! xx

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    1. Yeah it's such a cute idea and it would even make a good present for someone! xx

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  10. I’ve never even heard of writing a journal retrospectively but it certainly makes sense! Thanks for sharing about it.

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  11. I haven't used a memory journal, but I do like the idea of having one because it would be nice to think back to when things were simplier and also the events that have led me to where I am today.

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  12. This is a lovely idea! I've bullet journalled since 2018 and use it as a planner, scrapbook and gratitude list hybrid, which feels really nice to flick through over the years. x

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  13. I'd really love to get into journalling, I've heard it's so good for your mental space! x

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  14. This sounds brilliant! I've been incorporating some memory capturing into my bullet journal, but feel like I'm at the point where some guided questions could be helpful - particularly from a mental health point of view. I'll be adding this to my list of journals to try, thank you for the recommendation!

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    1. My memory is awful - this sounds like it would be a great tool to help me reconnect with experiences that may have faded with time (and chronic illness life!) Xx

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