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 journaling 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 journaling, 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 can boost your self-esteem

Affirmations, quotes and positive self-talk in your journal can be a helpful way of reminding yourself that you’re doing your best.

It’s also helpful to look back on journal entries after an event has happened to see how you have resolved potential conflicts.

Coloured pens, stickers and photos of fond memories can all be used to make your journal feel like a safe space to share your thoughts.