A person generally uses a journal as a way of expressing themselves. It is highly regarded as a therapuic instrument. A person is considered journaling if they transfering their feelings, thoughts or emotions and storing them in a single place.
Physically keeping a journal will involve writing in a book or keeping a collection notes or papers.
In one's mind keeping a journal will relief stress and anxiety while helping to keep negative thoughts out of the individuals mind.
Emotionally keeping a journal allows people to express feelings a creative way while minimizing potential harm that can accompany strong emotions.
Spiritually journaling can keep records of culture rights of passage, appropreiate times to perform certain cultural activities or tradtions.
Braime, H. (2012). What is journaling? Retrieved from http://www.becomingwhoyouare.net/2012/12/what-is-journaling/