Feeling off? Depressed? Anxious? Try journaling!
Nov 28, 2022
Take notes of how you are feeling, when you are feeling it and the environment you were in when you first noticed it. Keeping good records is a great way to identify triggers that set off your symptoms. Keeping a journal is good. Not only can it help you see patterns, but it can also help you to address them better and overcoming the future.
One of the best parts of journaling is that it’s something you can do at home, when it’s convenient for you, without needing a lot of time, resources, or skill. There’s more to keeping a journal than just getting your thoughts down on paper, though.
Research shows that daily journaling can help improve your mental health and get your life back on track, whether you’re struggling with relationships, future goals, how to stay organized, or even in the ways you communicate with a partner, your children, your coworkers, your friends, your parents, or anyone in your life.
What Does Journaling Do for Your Mental Health?
Expressing yourself creatively, like when you write in a journal, is great for relieving stress and focusing on the things in life that aren’t serving you. You can use a journal to develop or practice healthy habits, set and work toward goals, or manage your mental health and improve anxiety, stress, or depression. Even just a few minutes a day can make a world of difference to your mental well-being.
There are many reasons why people commit to journaling. The process of writing is inherently therapeutic. It can help you organize your thoughts, express yourself, and process and deal with your emotions — both good and bad — in a positive, healthy way.
Other benefits of journaling can include:
- Reducing stress
- Identifying and tracking goals
- Achieving those goals
- Tracking problems so you can recognize triggers
- Finding inspiration
- Improving self-confidence
- Overcoming fears
- Identifying and addressing negative thoughts and behaviors
- Starting a habit of using self-talk and creating mantras
Chuck and the Neuro Harmony Team
Journey on, My Friends.