Are you feeling sad? Angry? Happy? Excited? Bored? Writing down what’s going on in your life right now can change your mood and even improve your health.

We all have a constant flow of thoughts that run through our minds. And without a proper way to release emotions, thoughts, and feelings, it can lead to emotional turmoil. 

Journaling is one of the most recommended and effective coping mechanisms for managing your emotional health.

 

Emotional Health Benefits From Journaling 

Journaling is a great way to learn more about yourself, your emotions, and your resilience. Writing out your thoughts and experiences can help heal your past trauma. It can help you make connections and find conclusions that you otherwise might not have seen.

Journal entries can help you reflect on how you felt during different periods of time or different phases of your condition. It can help you:

  • Manage anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Cope with depression

 

How to Start A Journal For Your Emotional Health

Getting into the habit of journaling is the first step. Here are some tips for starting your emotional journaling journey.

  1. Time Yourself. A good way to start journaling is by setting a timer of 5 or 10 minutes to get your thoughts down on paper. That helps the journaling process feel quick and not like a huge, time-consuming burden. 
  2. Use Paper. It is possible to journal on your laptop or phone, but it’s best to avoid screens and write in a notebook instead. 
  3. Date Your Entries. Dating your entries helps you when you look back and reflect on previous entries. You’ll be able to see what’s been happening and how you’ve felt at different times in your life. 
  4. Be Honest. Your journal is yours. Be honest in what you write and how you’re feeling. Your honesty will help.  
  5. Re-read Your Writing. Each time you pick up your pen to write your entry, you’re providing useful information to understand yourself and your emotions better. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your journal entries and re-read them. They’ll give you lots of insight.

 

Questions To Ask When Journaling

In your journaling for emotional health, it’s important to ask yourself questions. It is answering questions that increase your understanding of what happened. Not just the ‘why,’ but bigger questions like ‘how’ or ‘with what result.’ 

Here is are some questions you could answer in your next journaling session. Answering them truthfully could give you deeper insight into what exactly is going on. 

  • What happened or what was said, exactly? 
  • When did this occur? 
  • If a large amount of time has passed, why are you now deciding to deal with/release it?
  • What was your initial response to the event? 
  • What emotions did you feel?
  • What were your exact thoughts when it happened?
  • Has this happened more than once? If so, what was different this time?
  • How do you feel at this very moment?
  • Do you feel loved? If so, why? If not, why?

 

There is no right way to go about journaling, so as you begin this journey, do whatever works best for you!

By taking the first step to write down your thoughts and feelings, you can focus on the details you may have otherwise missed. Through journaling, you have to listen rather than avoid your most intense feelings.

 

I can’t wait to hear about the breakthroughs you have with your journaling!