Journaling for mental health: smart tips to get you started
Journaling can be good for your mental health and emotional well-being, regardless of whether you are working with a professional. A journaling habit can uncover hidden patterns in your thoughts and help identify roadblocks that have held you back.
Even if writing in your journal does not uncover any deep, dark secrets, writing every day can help you feel good. Getting started is not difficult. Here are some tips for developing, nurturing and advancing your journey into journaling:
• Make it a habit. It takes only a short time to make a habit, so try replacing a negative habit like smoking or snacking with journaling.
• Make it easy. If you want journaling to stick, make it as easy as possible. Keep a pen and piece of paper with you at all times so you are ready to write your thoughts down when inspiration strikes.
• Make technology your friend. Journaling is not just about pens and paper. A note-taking app is a good stand-in when writing is not an option, and typing out written journal notes can help identify patterns that will improve your well-being.
• Make time to journal. If you find it hard to journal every day, try setting aside a few minutes to record your reflections on the day.
• Do it every day. No matter how well-meaning your journaling journey, life sometimes gets in the way. If you find yourself slipping, double down and make an effort to write something daily.
• Write when you get up. Don’t worry if what you write is not profound; that is not the point of journaling. Getting something down on paper will jump-start your journaling journey and get your day off to a good start.
• Draw if you do not feel like writing. If you are stuck for something to write about, try drawing instead. You do not have to be a world-class artist to enjoy the benefits of sketching out your feelings.
Whether you are journaling at the behest of a therapist or embarking on this journey on your own, there is something amazing about writing down your thoughts on a daily basis. So pick up the nearest piece of paper, grab a pen and get ready to embark on a fun and therapeutic adventure.