Do you keep a journal for your mental health?
I have always loved the idea of journaling. I like to imagine myself sipping a cup of coffee while documenting my thoughts. Unfortunately, just like my big dream of working out everyday, it just doesn’t happen.
What’s my excuse? Absolutely nothing.
I have plenty of time to turn this journaling dream into a reality. While work and errands do take up a good chunk of anyone’s day, I’m guilty of ‘wasting’ my time doing things like scrolling through social media and watching every season of a show on Netflix in record time! Any fellow binge-watchers out there?
So even though it’s already February and I just noticed that I haven’t even flipped the page on my wall calendar, I’m making a resolution to be consistent with journaling. I already have several empty journals just waiting to be filled. The goal is to use writing as a form of therapy and get all of those jumbled up thoughts down on paper, almost like a form of creative writing. You can be as structured or as spontaneous as you wish!
Example Journal Prompts:
- What makes you most happy? Why?
- What is your favorite trait about yourself?
- Write a letter to your future self and/or past self
- 10 things you feel thankful for and why
- Who has been your greatest supporter?
- What positive lessons have you learned from your mental illness?
- What new perspectives have you gained?
What are your thoughts on journaling? Are you willing to give it a try?
For even more ideas on how to use journaling for mental health, check out this post from Buzzfeed.