I find journaling to be one of the most effective ways for me to both express and regulate my emotions. It is a powerful tool in building self awareness.
Maybe when you were younger, you kept a journal. It was somewhere to store your secrets, your thoughts, your feelings, struggles and fears. It felt good to get it all out, and the benefits of journaling still apply now.
Journaling is a simple and effective way to release your thoughts and feelings and understand them more clearly. For people like myself who deal with mental health challenges, it’s a powerful way to deal with these struggles. People who suffer anxiety, depression, bipolar, stress and insomnia find it to be very helpful.
I like to track my moods as I have bipolar disorder. This has helped me manage my cycles and understand my highs and lows better. I am able to prioritize my problems and fears as well. I have been able to tie triggers to moods and effectively avoid triggers or effectively control them.
When I journal I always make sure to do a gratitude journal somewhere as well. I keep my gratitude journal separate, and I also have a separate journal for positive affirmations.
How to Journal
- Get a journal/notebook and a pen
- Keep it beside your bed
- Write everyday whenever you feel like it, morning or night, before bed etc.
- Write whatever feels right in the moment. Spelling doesn’t matter nor structure. Just free flow.
Journaling for me also has really helped me be more organized. It is something I really struggled with and first organizing my thoughts on paper helped me to get more organized in general. I have also built a lot of self awareness through writing. A lot of times when I write , old memories I thought were lost come back and I come up with new ideas or realizations. It really helps you to get to know yourself and understand yourself.
Give it a shot, you may love it just as much as I do.