How Journaling can boost mental Health

How Journaling can boost mental Health
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 23-06-2020

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Sometimes using a pen on paper can make us aware of what we are feeling and why we are feeling like that. If a person keeps feeling upset at a certain time, a journal might help them deal with the issue internally and work out it. It can be a perfect way to realize and then strive to improve our behavior.

Journaling can have general benefits in terms of health and self-improvement, such as making you more self-confident, improving creativity, and helping you develop healthier habits. Journaling will help you understand your thoughts and feelings better, and help you control your stress. Writing about issues that have irritated or disturbed you will help you relax and gain perspective. It also helps people struggling with anxiety, as they can express themselves in writing.

Keeping a journal allows one to express overwhelming emotions and observe our thought patterns, rather than simply reacting to them which can help one worry less about stressful tasks.

Benefits of journaling for your mental health:

  • The study found that writing about stressful or negative situations reduced intrusive thoughts and improves the memory of the individual. In short, the more cognitive energy your brain spends on stress, the less cognitive energy memory has to produce. Journaling can help de-stress your brain.

  • Give you a way to track the causes of stress or the symptoms of mental illness. You can recognize repeated triggers and find ways to reduce their impact on you.

  • Going to help you give priority to your problems, concerns, and fears. This can make it easier to figure out what is most upsetting to you and to focus your attention accordingly.

  • It makes the goals more realistic, making them that much more satisfying by being able to actually check off-targets. It also helps realize how far one came to their target while reading through my old entries and also helps to realize how capable you are in achieving the goals you set for yourself.

Overall, consistent journaling practice can reduce stress, boost your mood, and help you make better sense of your thoughts. Take a few minutes each day to write down whatever comes into your head—you will be better able to understand your emotions in a safe, healthy way.

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