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The Importance of Keeping a Journal for Life and Mental Health

My Journal is a tool that you can use to help with counseling and personal thought writing. I designed the journal with the interest of my clients and persons struggling with mental health.

I’m one of those people that does not do very well with a blank page. I need prompts and topics.

The journal is divided into the following sections:

  • Over 100 pages with prompts. Helping you write about topics that focus on mental health and personal improvement.
  • Pages dedicated to a To-Do list. Helping you create healthy structure and organization in life.
  • Gratitude section. This section of the journal helps you focus on the positives in your life by taking time to write.
  • F! it Days. This section is for those days that you really are not doing well. Use these pages to truly express yourself.
  • Doodling. For those that enjoy expressing through art, this is for you. It’s a great section to draw, color or doodle your feelings.
  • Notes. Every perfect journal has a section for common note taking and thought writing.

 Ready to Purchase Your Journal? Click Here

 

What If I don’t like writing?

Writing can be a daunting task for some. I ask these individuals to allow the process to be structured and direct. For instance, instead of writing on a blank screen or sheet of paper, write based on a topic or theme. Examples of topics and themes include:

  • Why was today a good day?
  • Describe in detail how you are feeling and what lead you to feel this way?
  • Describe a peaceful time in life?

How often should I write in my journal?

I personally like to write in my journal daily as I use it to do my to-do list, personal gratitude, doodling or drawing, random notes, and exercises for coping skills focused on depression and anxiety. document personal thoughts/feelings.

 If you are new to this task, I recommend starting with my journal. Ease into the process just as you would with exercise or a new dietary plan. On your calendar, schedule a time/day to allocate to this task.

Do your best to be consistent as you’ll be the one to benefit from the process.

How does journal writing help me?

Journal writing is a coping skill. Very much like deep breathing is used to help reduce anxiety and worry during panic attacks.

Keeping a journal is an act that you do to support yourself emotionally. Coping skills are used to reduce escalation in emotions when feeling distress. For instance, you find yourself late at night overly worried over the chaos of the day. You feel overwhelmed and anxious. A journal can be the perfect to-go-to coping skill to support with the emotions.

At the time, you had two choices. One, you react in a positive manner. Two, you react in a negative manner. The coping skill of journal writing can help.

Journal writing is one of many coping skills that can help TEENS overcome emotional difficulties tied to depression, self-esteem, anxiety and/or self-confidence. If you would like to explore TEEN counseling or read more about the upcoming Teen Therapy Group click here.

Other benefits to journal writing include:

  • This coping skill can be your confidant in that you are utilizing it to write down deep emotional thoughts that are too heavy to carry.
  • Journal writing can help you prepare for upcoming events. For instance, if you struggle with anxiety or worry. You can write down the event that is coming up, how you expect to feel, and the potential coping skills you plan to use. As you write down your plan of attack, you’ll feel prepared for the upcoming event.
  • It’s a sounding board. A place that you can let it out any way you want without feeling judged.
  • It’s a place that allows you to reflect and grow. Writing your thoughts, feelings and/or ideas allows you to look back and build.

 

Ready to Purchase Your Journal? 3 Steps…

STEP 1:  Purchase your journal by clicking here

STEP 2: Write

STEP 3: Make it a lifestyle.

 

 

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As a professional counselor, I support people experiencing emotional difficulties and needing ways to heal and overcome challenges. Journal writing is one my favorite coping skills to provide education and insight on. If you would like to explore counseling call 336-707-1723.

 

 
 

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