Did you know you can improve your mental health by journaling? It sounds too good to be true, but it is. While you may still need to visit a therapist or counselor, journaling can help you clarify your thoughts and feelings. Here’s how to get started.
Can You Improve Your Mental Health by Journaling?
Tell me I’m not the only one who read Anne Frank’s diary and promptly started a journal (with ‘Dear Kitty’ starting each entry). I’ve come a long way since my uninspiring journal entries. Ok, maybe my journal entries hold little inspiration, even today, for the average reader. Not that I would ever want anyone to actually read my journals.
I have boxes of journals in storage, filled with hundreds, maybe thousands of pages. Why? Journaling provides a way for me to process my feelings, emotions, and angst in a non-destructive manner. Most people don’t know I struggled with door-slamming and other emotional outbursts as a child. Journaling helped me learn to self-regulate. If I can improve my mental (and emotional) health through journaling, maybe you can improve your mental health the same way.
After writing in a journal for ten decades, I’ve discovered I turn to my blank pages whenever I feel the need to process strong emotions. If you’ve never tried to improve your mental health through journaling, this podcast will walk you through the steps to get started. Don’t worry, you don’t have to address your journal to ‘Dear Kitty’ in order to reap the benefits of journaling for your mental wholeness!
This article shares what researchers have discovered about journaling and mental health.
SCH 081 explains the concept of mental wholeness and why we should seek it.
Here are some links to the journals I use (and love).
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