You’ve probably heard your friends talking about it, or even some actually directly recommending that you try it for yourself. It’s become something that so many people are making part of their daily routine that you can find article after article about it online. What is it? Journaling. When it comes to journaling for your mental health there are some really great benefits to taking the time out of your day to write down your thoughts.
Many people that have never done it before will find themselves feeling uncomfortable about it. You may even be resisting doing it yourself because you’re feeling uncomfortable about it. Or wondering if journaling for anxiety or mental health actually works for anyone. The answer to that one is one you can probably get from a good number of people in your inner circle who are already doing it. But today, we wanted to take some time and discuss with you how and why you should journal for your mental health.
Let’s start with how to journal for therapy, or your own mental health.
You would think that it is actually a simple concept, but there are a number of people who attempt to start a daily practice of journaling but get stuck over thinking how to begin. They over think that one aspect so much that they end up never starting it in the first place.
Here’s a few tips to help you if you’re just begging to start journaling for your own mental health.
How to journal for therapy:
Write every day: set a few minutes aside every day to write in your journal. Most people find that starting your mornings by journaling can be a really great way to start a day off in a space of gratitude.
Make it convenient: keep a pen beside your journal, and have a dedicated spot in your home that you’re journaling from. This way you don’t give yourself the excuse to not do it because you couldn’t find the journal or a pen.
Free write: Write whatever comes to your mind. Literally just jot down your thoughts, even if they’re all over the place. There is no test at the end, which means there’s no structure to follow. Just do you.
That’s it. Follow those steps and you should be off to the races with your journaling journey! Now, to the fun part.
So oftentimes in our lives, we can have so many different thoughts flying around inside our heads that we cannot make sense of it all. Journaling allows you to separate yourself from your thoughts by the simple act of writing them down. When you’re able to step outside of yourself, or your thoughts and feelings in this instance, you’re able to more clearly know what to do next. Finding clarity is a really great way to become crystal clear on your feelings, or how to proceed in a life event or big decision you’re stressing about.
By journaling regularly, you will start discovering more about your own self that you didn’t think was possible. When you’re more in touch with your own truth, you know what you want more clearly and it has this great side effect of feeling more happy and confident. In discovering more about yourself, you’ll start being able to see what relationships in your life are toxic and don’t actually contribute to you as well.
Lower Your Stress.
Taking the time to write about things that are leaving you feeling angry, sad, or any other type of emotional stress or pain provides you with a healthy space to release those emotions. Which will ultimately lead to feelings more calm and less stressed. And when those feelings pop up again, you’re able to go back and read through your journal and give yourself instant feedback and clarity.
Journaling for mental health creates a space for you to be able to sort through things that are bothering you, as well as things that you are having trouble deciding on. Writing down your thoughts about a problem can be a great way to discover an answer you aren’t seeing right in front of you.
There are many other benefits to journaling for anxiety and your mental health than the ones we’ve discussed today. Take some time to consider some things that you may be able to work through by practicing journaling, then pick up the pen and start writing. Journaling might just become something you never thought would be as freeing as it is!