Journaling and Mental Health-Clearing Your Mind

Journaling and Mental Health go hand in hand. There's no better way to get your feelings out than to write them down. Once they are written down you can begin to address those feelings and have a clearer mind in the process. In a previous post, I talk about other reasons to journal, check it out for more inspiration.

While this post has some great information it is not meant to be a substitute for seeking help from a healthcare professional.

Journaling and Mental Health. Image is a lettered page in a journal that says "you're capable of amazing things"
Journaling and Mental Health
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How Does Journaling Help Mental Health

Journaling puts thoughts and feelings on paper and gets them out of your head so you can clearly evaluate those thoughts and feelings. Sometimes we can't talk to someone else about our feelings, so journaling is a tool that can help when you can't speak to someone right away.

Specific Things Journaling Can Help With

The list is long, but a few issues journaling can help with are:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Cope with depression
  • Help reduce fears

When you journal for mental health you prioritize your symptoms, fears, and concerns, track any symptoms, recognize triggers and write out strategies to help overcome them. Journaling also provides an opportunity for positive self-talk. Write out positive things to say to yourself when you feel your symptoms become overwhelming.

Journaling and Mental Health

While journaling doesn't require a set schedule when you are trying to improve your mental health there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure your success.

  • Journal Everyday-writing every day will allow you to track your symptoms better. Even if it's just a symptom or two each day, writing daily will help you reach your goals.
  • Draw-Drawing is an expression of feelings too. Your journal doesn't have to only be words. Draw what you are feeling, what you are dealing with and even your plan to overcome these challenges.
  • Share only if you're comfortable-Your journal is private. It is for you, but if you choose to you can share your writing with others, including your doctor. In a group setting sharing your journal may help others understand they are not alone in their struggles. But only if you feel comfortable. Your journal should be a place you can write whatever you want but if sharing inhibits that maybe it's best to keep it private.
  • Keep it simple-Journals don't have to be elaborate. Keep it simple! Use a lined journal, or just use a notebook or even loose-leaf paper. Keep it handy so you can write your feelings when needed. Find a good pen that is easy to write with and keep it with your journal so they are both at your fingertips as you need them.

Journaling for any reason is always good, but it's a valuable exercise for mental health awareness and clarity. While journaling is not a substitute for medical care it can be a great tool to help you understand your thoughts and feelings. So grab a journal and get to writing! Feel better and remember “You're capable of amazing things!”