As clichéd as it may sound, each and every one is fighting their own battles at all times. Journaling can be a sword in that battle for many. It may not guarantee a victory, but it sure assists in the fight! You would also undoubtedly have lesser wounds. Journaling, for me, has always been a sort of an outlet for my emotions. A few years ago, while I was going through a hard time, a friend gifted me a journal on my birthday. It was the start of my journaling journey.
How Journaling Can Help Your Mental Health
The first step to a healthy mind is to identify and acknowledge your feelings. Writing them down helps out in the process. How? You might ask. Tracking your emotions and logging them routinely might help you figure out what triggers a certain emotion. Consequently it would become easier for you to manage it. Moreover, it will also be easier to maintain distance from situations that are toxic for you once you have identified them. Similarly, you will be able to do more of what you enjoy doing and which truly makes you happy.
At times when there is plenty going on in our lives, we tend to overthink and stress out about it. Writing down our concerns can help detangle thoughts that could have possibly been taking a toll on our mind. It helps get us in touch with our internal selves. Studies have proven that journaling for as less as 15-20 minutes per day for four days a week has positively impacted many major mental disorders: Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and ADHD.
How To Start?
A lot of times starting a new activity is much harder than developing it as a permanent habit. That’s why we’re here to help you make this as fun as it can possibly get!
1. Buy A Journal
Of course, the first step would be to buy a journal. This might feel like a not so important step but it can incredibly impact the following steps. The cuter the journal, the more I personally look forward to use it. You can also get customised journals/diaries for yourself! Here are a few places we personally love to order from:
If you do not feel comfortable writing with a pen or paper, experiment with various techniques! Try using your notes app on your phone or maybe your laptop or an IPad. Scribble, doodle, make a collage, color the pages or just copy down anything from the internet which inspired you that day!
3. Be Consistent
Spare 15 minutes every day where you sit in a calm environment (maybe light some lavender scented candles) and write whatever you feel like writing. Different people have different ways of expressing themselves and releasing stress. We’ll discuss what exactly you could try writing as we proceed so don’t worry about it!
4. Relax! It’s Your Me-time
Do not treat it like a task. It is more of a form of meditation. This is super important to understand. Think of it as your “me time” where you can be whoever you want to be. If it feels like a task to you then you should perhaps try various other methods of journaling!
What To Write In A Journal?
- Every day, list down three things that make your heart feel full. Then list down things that you were afraid to try out on that certain day but you would want to muster up the courage to try them out one day.
- Note down situations that were in any way or form toxic for you and once you have identified them, try to avoid such situations.
- Try using the stream of consciousness writing style. In this writing style, you could write down your thoughts, emotions and feelings in a continuous and uninterrupted flow. Basically, write whatever comes to mind.
- Sometimes, individuals substitute ranting to a friend with ranting to their journal! You’ve had a bad day and there’s no one that you could pour your heart out too? Guess who’s always going to be there? You guessed it. Your journal!
- Of course, you could use your journal to log your sleep cycle, your water drinking cycle and you can schedule your daily activities too!
Journaling can also be used for other purposes. Many people use their journals to make to-do lists before starting their day. This does not only assist them in remembering all their tasks but also boosts productivity. Crossing off the tasks that have been carried out provides a sense of accomplishment to an individual. This particular sense of accomplishment makes the individual want to achieve more. In addition to that, it helps a person to focus more on the positivity rather than noticing the unappealing parts of everyday life.
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We at Daastan understand the value of words. Journaling is therefore, the best therapy for all the writers. Trust me, we ourselves are addicted! So grab your journal and start today. And don’t forget to share these awesome tips with your friends!