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why journal?

jornee is a journaling app that is not just built upon digital technology, but has been built on a foundation of thousands of years of human history and self-discovery. Whilst jornee is an evolution of historical, spiritual, and personal practices, our app is unique in that we’ll help you to discover your unmet needs through the practice of writing (and we’ll help your writing evolution too).

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do you feel disconnected?

To be human is to have needs: need for safety, for connection, for play and significance to name a few. we all have them. being in alignment with our needs gives us confidence, and motivates us to show up for life. On the other hand, a disconnection from our needs leads to a life of tension and stress.

(dis)connection drives our emotions

Most of us are taught to suppress our emotions in our everyday lives. but by suppressing our emotions, we suppress our ability to express our needs and connect with others. This is why often things just feel "off", and we don't really know why.

what if we told you that your emotions are not the problem?

Our uncomfortable emotions - like anger, frustration, sadness, grief - are expressions of unmet needs. 

what if we told you that, actually, your emotions are the key to unlock a more fulfilling and authentic life?

what journaling in the jornee app is - what journaling in the jornee app isn’t:

1. Your practice with jornee is personal to you. We will never share your writing with anyone else. 

2. Freely express yourself through words in the app with no judgement on your writing style. Learning to feel comfortable in how to write is part of the practice, and your style will evolve in time. We’re not expecting you to write poetry or a novel, however jornee will work best when utilising appropriate grammar and spelling. Just let your words flow and jornee will guide you in strengthening your journaling practice.

3. jornee does not make judgment towards race, religion, age, or the what and the why’s of you choosing to grow with us. Discover how journaling has evolved from past practices through history and religion, and see the many roots which have given jornee its leaves. Just like your own journey, jornee has evolved from many people, experiences and years to support anyone who wishes to journal. jornee is not based on one movement or religion, nor is it to be used to replace professional therapy or medical diagnosis.  

4. The jornee app is for self-development, discovery and evolution of your mind and body through writing prompts, and, unlike some other apps, we’re not a daily memory journal. However, if you’re looking for more ways to bring a journaling practice into your life we provide creative downloads, activities and writing tips to our Patreon community.

by supporting our Patreon, you can learn about and practice your writing style, as well as being eligible to be one of the first app users.

is there any science behind journaling?

When it comes to the practice of journaling, scientific research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience are continually shedding light on the tangible benefits that extend to mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. Expressive writing, where individuals articulate their thoughts and feelings, has been a focal point of studies, revealing its potential impact on stress reduction and emotional health. Numerous studies suggest that engaging in expressive writing can lead to improved emotional well-being, a decrease in symptoms associated with anxiety and depression, and a notable reduction in overall stress levels.¹ 

 

Beyond its emotional benefits, regular journaling has been linked to enhanced self-awareness. By encouraging individuals to reflect on their thoughts, behaviours, and emotions, the practice fosters a deeper understanding of personal values, goals, and avenues for personal growth². This introspective aspect of journaling contributes to a more nuanced and comprehensive approach to individual well-being.

 

Some studies propose that expressive writing may have a positive impact on the immune system, potentially contributing to better immune function³. Additionally, there is evidence suggesting a correlation between journaling and lower blood pressure, indicating potential cardiovascular health benefits associated with the practice

 

Cognitively, journaling serves as a tool for problem-solving and cognitive processing. When individuals engage in the act of writing about their goals, challenges, and potential solutions, it can lead to clearer thinking and improved decision-making. The practice also extends its benefits to memory improvement, as the act of writing information down aids in better retention and processing of significant details.

From a neuroscientific perspective, expressive writing activates areas of the brain associated with language and emotion processing. This suggests that the act of putting emotions into words may have neurobiological effects, contributing to improved emotional regulation.

 

While the benefits of journaling are supported by scientific findings, it's essential to recognise that individual responses may vary. Factors such as the content of the writing, the frequency of the practice, and personal preferences all contribute to the effectiveness of journaling…

…and this is where jornee can help. We’ll help you create a regular practice, understand why you should be writing, and build your confidence in how to get your inner feelings onto (digital) paper.

 ¹Niles AN, Haltom KE, Mulvenna CM, Lieberman MD, Stanton AL. Randomized controlled trial of expressive writing for psychological and physical health: the moderating role of emotional expressivity. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2014 Jan;27(1):1-17. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2013.802308. Epub 2013 Jun 6. Erratum in: Anxiety Stress Coping. 2014 Jan;27(1):I. PMID: 23742666; PMCID: PMC3830620

²Sutton A. Measuring the Effects of Self-Awareness: Construction of the Self-Awareness Outcomes Questionnaire. Eur J Psychol. 2016 Nov 18;12(4):645-658. doi: 10.5964/ejop.v12i4.1178. PMID: 27872672; PMCID: PMC5114878

 

³Baikie KA, Wilhelm K. Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 2005;11(5):338-346. doi:10.1192/apt.11.5.338

 

⁴Smyth JM, Johnson JA, Auer BJ, Lehman E, Talamo G, Sciamanna CN. Online Positive Affect Journaling in the Improvement of Mental Distress and Well-Being in General Medical Patients With Elevated Anxiety Symptoms: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Ment Health. 2018 Dec 10;5(4):e11290. doi: 10.2196/11290. PMID: 30530460; PMCID: PMC6305886

Lieberman MD, Eisenberger NI, Crockett MJ, Tom SM, Pfeifer JH, Way BM. Putting feelings into words: affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity in response to affective stimuli. Psychol Sci. 2007 May;18(5):421-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01916.x. PMID: 17576282

increase 
emotional well-being whilst decreasing stress

enhance 
self-awareness and foster personal growth

improve
problem-solving
and decision making

benefit
memory development, procesing and retention

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