Your mental health is arguably the most important thing in your life. Why? For example, if you don’t have your mental health you will find it hard to keep up with life’s daily struggles. Of course, we all know the struggle is real, am I right? Might I suggest, if you are having difficulties yourself, try writing in a journal? There are so many journals out there today so, I’m sure one will work for you.
First of all, what is a journal?
: a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use: DIARY
8 Ways a Journal Will Help Your Mental Health Issues
Boosts Your Mood
If you really want to boost your mood, keeping a gratitude journal is where it’s at. All you have to do is once a day, preferably before bed, write down what you’re grateful for today. It might not seem like much but it’s a very powerful tool to use before going to sleep. It will help you to start thinking positively about your life and release negative thoughts so you can fall asleep easier.
Increases Your Sense of Well-Being
As you write out your thoughts, you’ll start seeing issues from a new angle just because you’re opening your mind to think about it. Consequently, this is going to make you feel more capable of dealing with whatever happens.
Lessens Symptoms of Depression
Please understand that depression is something different from sadness and that you likely need a counselor. Firstly, writing it all down can make it seem less horrific so that you can feel better. Secondly, you can look back at days you thought life was “over” and see that there are better days.
Reduces Mental Health Issues Like Anxiety
The problem with anxiety is in the design itself. Due to the fact that it helps us get away from immediate danger. For example, it triggers the “fight or flight” response. So each time you have that anxious feeling choose to write in your journal. For instance, write how you are feeling and why you’ll start to control it better. This will help you to feel less anxious.
Lowers Avoidance Behaviors
Many people who have mental health issues practice avoidance behaviors. For example, not going to places that cause them anxiety, or not doing things because they feel bad. When you write it out, it helps you get the feelings out and also, do the thing anyway.
Improves Your Memory And Your Mental Health
This is almost a situation where you want to say “duh” but it has to be said. Writing down things helps you remember them because you can go back and read it. Also, the actual act of writing something down enables you to recall it.
A Journal is not Only for Mental Health Issues
You’ll Sleep Better
Pouring your heart out into a journal is a great way to get things off your chest. However, if you are having trouble sleeping, I suggest a gratitude journal. and write down what you’re thankful for today and go to sleep thinking of that. Then you fall asleep feeling grateful, and your thoughts will be less negative. Therefore less stress so your body finds it easier to fall asleep.
Makes You a Kinder Person
If you explore your own emotional state regularly, that is great! In addition to that, if you accept your own feelings, even better. But, you will get the best results if you work through what makes you who you are daily. For example, when you write in your journal it will make you naturally more empathetic to others too. We can’t forget, letting go of judgment for yourself will improve your thoughts for others. That’s a good thing!
One thing that can really help you make your mental health journal work for your health issues is to learn how to keep one effectively. Make some journaling rules, do it every day to create a habit, and keep it private unless you decide to let your therapist see it or you decide to use it to help others. This is for you and only you for the most part.
If you would like some extra help or motivation I have several posts on journaling. You can find them all here, https://crystaljenkinsblog.com/category/journaling/.
Or you can look below, there are many posts on mental health issues and how journaling can help.
Free Journaling Prompts
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Looking For Your Own Mental Health Journal
There are so many journals for mental health on Amazon. I have listed my favorites below.
- How To Master A Journal: The Ultimate Guide
- A Mental Health Journal Can Help You
- Journaling More Effective Easily In 8 Steps
- Start Keeping a Journal with 8 Helpful Tips
- 8 Simple Journaling Tips to Achieve Goals Consistently
- 8 Awesome Ways Journaling Can Help Loneliness
- 8 Surprising Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
- Making Journaling Part of Your Daily Routine: 9 Fun, Simple Steps!
- 10 Types of Journals to Begin Today!
- 7 Super Helpful Journaling Tips to Combat Stress
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Please let me know where you are on your mental health journey? Have you started using a journal?