Journaling has quickly become a big participant in the self-care movement. In fact, it is so helpful that it is seen to be an impactful way to manage your mental health. It’s useful both on its own or in combination with talk therapy and/or proper medication.

So, when you look at the benefits associated with journaling for mental health it’s no question that it acts as medicine for the mind, heart and soul.

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Journaling holds a special place in the hearts of many. The act of journaling has played a huge role in the healing journeys of countless individuals. It has been proven to help manage depression anxiety and other conditions associated with mental health.

Nothing clears the mind like getting all your thoughts out on paper and as such it’s a great tool to use daily. Be it writing down your thoughts and frustrations at the end of the day. Or, setting some time for yourself in the morning to start the day off on a positive note and with a clear mind. in fact, it’s always a great time to get a little journaling session in.

Being able to express oneself through journaling has helped numerous people cope with and process their feelings and emotions. As such, I’m excited to be able to share the ways it will be able to help you.

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HELPS WITH HEALING

Are you struggling with finding time to think and reflect? Journaling helps to give you that space.

When it comes to journaling for your mental health, you can look at your experiences with the ultimate goal of healing in mind.

In writing about your thoughts and experiences you are allowing yourself distance from what is upsetting you. This act of putting your problems down on paper gives you the ability to look at things from a different perspective. When looking at what is bothering you from a different angle you can make better sense of what you are thinking and feeling. This self-reflection helps you better understand what is going on inside your mind. And it’s undeniable that better understanding goes hand in hand with better emotional and mental health.

LABELING FEELINGS

Much like traditional therapy, writing about life’s stresses can help you be able to label your feelings. When you can properly label your feelings you are more equipped to process and deal with them. Being able to properly label what you are feeling and experiencing has a positive effect on your mental health.

IMPROVES MOOD

Journaling relaxes the mind and promotes a sense of calm. It does so by helping you see your emotions for what they are and gain a sense of control over what is upsetting you. Writing about how you are feeling is cathartic and helps to release pent-up feelings. It gets all the unhappy, angry, confused feelings out so that there’s room for more peace of mind and happier feelings.

When you are able to get control over your emotions there comes a sense of release. This release gives you the ability to stop your mind from racing and a chance to slow down. Because of this, it is the main tool for many people when it comes to managing anxiety, working through life’s stresses, and recovering from depression.

PROVIDES CLARITY

Stepping back and reflecting on your journal can bring a sense of clarity and help you see things from a different point of view. This helps you to make clearer choices and better-informed decisions. In fact, taking a step back and reflecting on one’s own journal entries has helped many people make big decisions in their lives. Be it a change in career, leaving a toxic relationship, and so much more.

A CHANCE FOR CHANGE

By having a running record of your patterns of behaviour, changes you have been making, and ways you have been thinking you are given a better understanding of yourself. In addition, journaling helps to bring awareness to patterns of behaviour that you may want to change. This new insight and understanding can help you to make needed changes or shift negative patterns of thought. After all, it is hard to continually complain about the same things day after day without being moved to do something about it.

BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY

Journaling without a doubt helps you to clear your mind and feel more in control. With a clearer mind, you can be more productive. With a better understanding of how you are feeling, you will ultimately end up sleeping better, feeling better and thinking better. In the long run, improving your overall functioning and physical and mental health.

MINDFULLNESS

Journaling gives you time to connect with yourself and observe your thoughts and emotions. As such, it’s a great tool for self-reflection. When you better understand yourself and what you hold important you can live with more intention. When you better understand what is important to you it is easier to be grateful for the things you have in your life. This appreciation for your life leads to more fulfillment and enjoyment.

Journaling nurtures your soul.

IT IS ACCESSIBLE

Journaling is cost-effective, low risk and offers a high payoff. It’s a hands-on way of dealing with your feelings. You can do it wherever you are and at any point in time.

It’s affordable and available to all.

So there it is. Journaling is beneficial for your mental health in a number of ways. When looking at how journaling can help you deal with stress, work towards healing and practice being mindful it’s hard to deny that putting pen to paper can be an extremely useful life tool.

If you’re looking for better physical, mental and emotional health, keep a journal!

8 Comments

  1. Journaling is so great, and I agree about the mindfulness being part of its benefit. It gives a chance to slow down and actually acknowledge our thoughts while writing. Thanks!

  2. I’ve started using journal prompts because I don’t think I’m doing it right, haha. I started the journal so id has something to show my therapist, the one that has a waitlist for 3 months. I don’t know what to write about when I don’t use a prompt. I don’t know what to say exactly.

    • I can absolutely relate to this. It can be so hard to write just for writings sake. I often feel like there is a huge blockage when I’m just trying to write and nothing will come. That said though it is a skill that can be developed. I will often set a timer and just write whatever comes to mind even if it makes no sense all at. I find that within the time I set I start writing down thoughts I never even knew existed.

      Writing for your therapist while you wait is a great idea. It’s nice to be able to have something concrete to show them. Especially if it shows your thoughts over time.

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