You’ve probably been told over and over again, but we’re here to reiterate. Finding a healthy manner to express yourself is one of the methods to deal with any overwhelming feeling. This is why everyone keeps harping on the benefits of keeping a journal, and how it can help you manage your mental health.
How journaling helps
Journaling can assist you in the following ways:
- Managing your daily anxieties
- Reducing stress
- Coping with depression
Keeping a journal can help you manage your symptoms and enhance your mood by:
- Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
- Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
- Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors
When you’re dealing with a problem and are feeling anxious, especially after the year we’ve all had, maintaining a notebook can help you figure out what’s causing your anxiety and getting to the bottom of it. Once you’ve recognized your stressors, you may devise a strategy for resolving the issues and lowering your stress levels.
Remember that journaling is only one part of a healthy lifestyle that can help you better manage stress, anxiety, and mental health issues, but it is a very important one.
Use your journal to keep track of how you’re doing on a daily basis.
How to start
If you don’t know where to begin, or you find this task daunting, here are some tips on getting into the habit:
- Make an effort to write every day, set aside a few minutes to write. This will make it easier for you to keep up with your journaling.
- Make it simple. Always have a pen and paper with you. You can write down your thoughts whenever you choose. We recommend using a pen and paper rather than your phone.
- Whatever comes to mind, write or draw it. Your journal doesn’t have to be organized in any particular way. It’s your own personal space where you may talk about and create whatever you want to express. Allow your thoughts and words to flow freely. Don’t be concerned about spelling errors or what others might think.
When your world seems to be in disarray, keeping a journal might help you bring order to it. By expressing your deepest fears, thoughts, and feelings, you gain a better understanding of yourself. Consider your writing time as a kind of personal relaxation. It’s a chance for you to relax and unwind. Take pleasure in your journaling time. And know that you’re doing something good for yourself.
Looking for other ways to improve your mental health? Go out for a walk.