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Journalling

Journalling is a therapeutic process for helping people resolve their conflicting thoughts and put them into perspective.

Sometimes it can be difficult to put our feelings into words, especially when we’re angry, sad or anxious. Writing down how you feel will help you process your emotions, as feelings become words, which can then be edited.

Regularly monitoring your mood by journaling can really be useful for identifying what makes you stressed. Keeping a journal allows you to record what’s happening in your life and to work through your thoughts and feelings.

Many famous people have been journallers: Marcus Aurelius, Anne Frank, Henry David Thoreau and Ben Franklin.

Coping with a mental health condition can be difficult, but journalling may help.

Journaling can help you deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Additionally, you can use your journal to help you improve your habits and behaviours. To start journalling, pick a convenient time to write every day and challenge yourself to write whatever comes to your mind for 20 minutes. Use your journal to process your feelings or work on your self-improvement goals.

Journalling generally involves keeping a log of thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life – typically in a notebook.

Journalling is simply writing down your thoughts in paper form on a semi-routine basis. It’s nothing more complicated than that. It’s not Shakespeare or a deep search into your soul. It’s just putting pen to paper and getting thoughts out of your brain and onto the page.

There’s been a lot of research around journalling, and how it helps emotional literacy and understanding on a deeper level.  Journalling can help people to self regulate emotions and move past more difficult experiences, such as grief.