Improve Your Mental Health
Nowadays, keeping a journal where you write down your thoughts and feelings proved to be an effective emotion management tool. If you found yourself in the situation when you struggle with the stress, depression or anxiety, consider trying to keep a journal.
If you are not sure how to do that, check out some of our helpful guidelines.
Situations where journaling can be good for you
If you feel sad, angry, upset, bored or confused and do not know how to deal with feelings and emotions that overwhelm you, the process of writing your thoughts down can be very healing. Here are several situations when putting your concerns on paper can be beneficial to you.
- You want to structure in your mind all that is happening to you right now.
- If you do not have anyone to share your emotions and discuss your issue with.
- You are an introvert who likes to keep things private.
- A desire to know yourself well so that you could confidently move forward in order to reach a better version of yourself.
- If you feel that you need to keep track of how your personal development progresses.
- You need some urgent stress relief when none of your confidantes is around you. You want to express your emotions and reach clarity in your thoughts so that you could come up with the right decision.
- You may simply want to create your life story rereading which can help you understand your actions in the past so that you could avoid many mistakes in the future.
What you need to do if you decided to start a diary
It might be awkward at the beginning but after you write several entries, you will get hang of it and, hopefully, will start enjoying the process. However, creating favorable conditions will help your journaling go smoothly.
- Find a comfortable place where you will be distracted to a minimum since having your personal space is important. However, if you are one of those who feels inspired when drinking coffee in a busy place, you are welcome to get into the introspection process there.
- Take some time to relax and think over what bothers you. Ask yourself questions and try to come up with solutions to your worries.
- Remember that your journal is depicting your personal journey so no one will judge you. What is more important, avoid your own judgment of what you are coming up with. Just write without thinking of how you would look like if someone learned your inner reflections.
- Do not worry about the structure, grammar or punctuation since what you write is not a college essay. Write as if you are talking to a friend or some other very close person.
As we can see, a process of journal writing is an exciting journey. Being able to focus inwards can help you figure out who you really are and this may change your life for the better in the most unexpected way.