Putting pen to paper has been a way of expressing ourselves long throughout history.  Exploring our thoughts and feelings are just as relevant today as it has been throughout the ages.  It is especially beneficial to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing. 

Below are 5 ways journaling can help you!

  1. Helps you come to your own conclusions – Ever feel stuck?  Not sure what direction to take, or the next step to consider?  Journaling can be seen as a sort of ‘organized brainstorming’.  Maybe you experience an “Ah-ha” moment, or perhaps you just provide yourself space to accept your own thoughts, opinions, or needs.  Whatever you discover, the journey is yours!
  2. Helps you express yourself! – Thoughts and emotions are natural. Sometimes they can ‘double down’ on us, however, if we do not acknowledge their presence.  Journaling is a form of mindfulness, and a chance to increase your awareness can be a freeing experience!
  3. Helps you discover yourself- Journaling allows for reflection of thoughts, emotional reactions, and even your behaviors.  You may find yourself asking, “Why did this come to mind?  Why did this upset me so? Why did I smile as I wrote that? “Self-discovery leads to self-acceptance, and self-love.  And we can all use more self-love!
  4. Helps you realize how far you have come- Wonder what you have accomplished?  Where is the change showing up?  Journaling can help you reflect on what you have processed, where you’ve grown, and what you know about yourself.  You can look back and see how you handle things differently, where healing has occurred, and simply appreciate your personal growth journey.
  5.  Helps improve your overall health – Studies show that reflecting on your thoughts and feelings by way of journaling, can improve your health!  Journaling improves mood, regulates stress levels, and can even decrease depressive symptoms.

Whether you are quite familiar with it, or you are just thinking about beginning, journaling can be a wonderful means of expression, comfort, and release. 

If you would like to learn more about coping strategies, self-discovery, and strategies to improve your own mental health and wellbeing, reach out to us to connect with a counselor!

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