Hello, my name is Christa and I’ve been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional.
I have journaled for most of my life to help cope with my depression and anxiety. This has some journal writing ideas, that might help. I have a millions thoughts going on in my head all the time and this helps me to slow things down so I can make better decisions. It works for me and makes me feel better. I also go to groups that may be going on in the community about mental health.
Journaling Has Mental Health Benefits
There is a lot of benefits from journaling if you have anxiety and depression. I think journaling can benefit anyone for a lot of different issues. I bought a journal on Amazon that I really like but you don’t need to do that. Its something you can do from almost anywhere and so easy to do daily. This is the journal I use from Amazon. I love it!
- More likely to achieve goals
- Increased emotional intelligence
- Developing self-awareness
- Better memory
- Ability to emotionally heal trauma
- More problem-solving skills
- Help sort out thoughts you are having
How To Start A Journal And Keep It Up
I find the experience of keeping a journal much more creative on paper than on a computer. Something different happens to my brain when I put pen to paper: the pace of writing slows you down and gives you more time for thoughts to come in.
Your journal is a space for you to say whatever you want and examine how you really feel without any judgment or pressure from the outside world (and can be carried with you almost anywhere you go).
- When you are anxious, sometimes what you need the most is a temporary escape. Journal writing can serve as an opportunity for meditation, not just on the event, person idea causing you stress but upon any subject you can possibly think of. When you need to calm your mind, writing in detail about what you see around you, or things that make you happy (such as baby animals, walks in the woods, your favorite holiday) can help you to stop obsessing and reach a more positive, functional mental state.
- One of the benefits of journaling is that it forces you to make time for yourself. Use this time to organize your thoughts. Writing down my thoughts brings me better insight into what I am thinking. Am I using my rational part of my brain or not.
- Writing while experiencing anxiety can help you examine your thought patterns when you reread the entry later, or even while you are writing it. Watching for thoughts that reoccur within the writing can reveal to you to the beliefs that trap you in that loop of anxiety. Our beliefs are really strong and we need to look at them whether they are true or not. Where did this belief come from?
You can write about anything in your journal that is going on in your life. What would your life be like if you didn’t have (depression, anxiety, etc)?
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