Therapeutic Journaling for Mental Health
Journaling can be a very therapeutic thing you can do for yourself. Writing down whatever comes to your mind on paper can help release some of your thoughts and emotions. It can be a great way to manage stress, depression, and anxiety, and would be great thing for you to add to your routine if it’s not a part of it already.
One of the biggest hurdles for journaling can be having the motivation to do it consistently. You don’t have to journal every day. You can write a journal entry once every few days or once every week, but trying to make time in your schedule regularly can help you be consistent. This is where having a calendar and scheduling an amount of time to set aside, even if it’s just a few minutes for a day, can be helpful.
It’s much easier to do journaling if you’re in a quiet, peaceful setting. When you’re away from distracting noises, you can think more clearly, and as a result, write more coherently.
Often a prompt or a question can help those who are struggling to think of a topic to guide them in their journaling process. Once you’ve found your prompt, you can start thinking about how you want to go about writing. You shouldn’t feel pressured to write a certain number of pages or words. You should focus on taking your time and thoroughly answering the question you have in mind.
Personally, I have found journaling to be a good use of my time. It lets me reflect on what I’ve done in my life and what I would like to accomplish in the future. Having written more and more, I feel more comfortable letting out my raw emotions and thoughts on paper than I was before having attempted journaling. I think being intimidated by journaling is normal at the beginning, but it’s something that can make a positive difference in your life if you stick to it.
You don’t have to be the best writer in the world to participate in journaling. The goal is for you to challenge yourself to get your thoughts down consistently. It can help you become a better writer, improve your mental health, and allow you to reflect on your own life. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms where we will be posting different journal prompts weekly for you to write about!
If you’re interested, you can check out this article on tips for journaling: https://vanillapapers.net/2019/11/13/journaling-tips/
You can check out this video discussing five easy ways to start journaling:
-- BitterSweet Coaching Guest Writer