If you work with me or have worked with me in the past then you know how much I value journaling. There are many options to work with our mental health challenges and stress but I have found that one of the most beneficial ways is to have a journal and write down anything you have in mind. No matter where you are, pulling out a pen and journal or paper; or laptop/app and getting out what is on your mind is a great stress & anxiety reducer.
Here are some of the benefits to journaling:
1. Allow you to be creative
Writing in a journal can show your creative skills on any topic. Topics can range from writing down your goals in life, reflecting on the past mistakes you made, improving a relationship with a close family member or writing down what you love about yourself. These topics can help you improve the negative things that are going in your life and turn into something more positive.
2. Help you feel calmer
Depression can have a huge impact on your mental health and one can often feel overwhelmed with many emotions such as sadness, fear, and anger. You can help keep track of these thoughts and feelings while writing in a journal. Once you release these feelings in your journal, you will feel calmer and learn how to control your emotions to benefit your well being.
3. Reduce Stress
Stress can be a huge problem in our lives if we don’t make time to process it. Once you are able to write in a journal, you are able to relax while releasing what is weighing on your mind.
4. Boost Self-Esteem
Journaling is a good way to boost your self-esteem by writing various topics that are related to yourself. These topics can range from listing down positive traits about yourself, things you enjoy doing and goals you want to accomplish in your life. This will provide a space for self-discovery.
Grow as a person
Writing in a journal every day will allow you to improve yourself as a person. By journaling, you write down the problems you are facing in life, challenges that you learn from or clarifying your thoughts and feelings. These topics will allow opportunities for self-growth.
To get started in Journaling, all you have to do is pick up a blank notebook, grab a pencil and start writing. Just think of any creative topic, release your stress and shift your mood into one that is calmer. Once you keep the journal a part of your daily life, you will start to notice that writing becomes easier and a way to decompress.