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. #journaling #journal #mentalwholeness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #writing #feelings #emotionintelligence #EQ #selfcarehacks

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!

Show Notes

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).

Here’s the refillable journal cover I purchased five years ago. It’s traveled everywhere with me. My fountain pen easily slips through the leather clasp so I don’t lose it.
I love these bullet journals because the pages are thick enough for me to use both sides while writing with my fountain pen.
This is another cute journal cover.
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. #journaling #journal #mentalwholeness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #writing #feelings #emotionintelligence #EQ #selfcarehacks

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10 Comments

  1. Every New Year’s Eve I read over my year’s entries in my Journal. It’s always a time of fruitful reflection to see God’s workings in my life for that year.
    Journalling is a fruitful exercise & a great tool in the Therapist’s therapies kit too.
    Bless you,
    Jennifer
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  2. Journaling has always my been my best way of processing all the things in my head! I also have bins of them in basement storage. I don’t write in journals often anymore because I sort of use my blog for that process now. But I do resort to it sometimes because it really is a wonderfully therapeutic resource.

    Shelbee

  3. I love journaling both writing and art journaling! I did not realize there were refillable journal covers. I might have to look into those. Blessings to you!

  4. I’ve journaled since I was a teenager. And you’re right. Journaling has helped me identify and process through emotions in a way speaking never has. And God has a way of speaking to my heart when I take time to write down all that’s going on. I need to be more intentional in this season of my life to journal more often than I do.

  5. I enjoy journalism and can definitely see the benefits but I’ve never been able to do it consistently. I’m usually only good at sticking with it when I need to process certain things.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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