Journaling for Mental Health

Did you ever keep a diary as a young person?  Most people did.  I think it was a way our parents taught us grammar (kind of) and penmanship.  And it was also a way to work our feelings out.  It likely felt good to get all of those thoughts and feelings out of your head and down on paper. The world seemed clearer.

Most people stop keeping a diary when they reach adulthood.  Life gets busy.  Priorities shift.  Consider this.  The concept and its benefits still apply. Now it’s called journaling. It's simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. And if you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal is a great idea.  Journaling can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.

Expressing ourselves in a healthy way is key to overcoming unhealthy emotions.  Journaling is a safe and effective way for this to happen.  If you ever feel anxious, stressed, or depressed, journaling can help you!

Once you begin to keep a journal, your mood can be helped by organizing your problems, fears, and concerns.  Journaling also will help you track your feelings day to day.  Triggers will become evident.  With this awareness, you can begin to control those triggers.  Through journaling, you'll notice other things about yourself.  If you have negative thoughts about others or yourself, they will be recognizable.  You will see patterns in your behavior.  Now you can work to change things to a more positive outlook.

Keep in mind that journaling is just one aspect of a healthy lifestyle for better managing stress, anxiety, and mental health conditions. To maximize a positive lifestyle, make sure you relax every day.  Eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise.  Live a chemical-free life.  And always ensure you're getting enough sleep.

Be well.

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