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Journaling for Better Mental Health

Ever felt like your mind’s in a constant loop, replaying the same worries and what-ifs? Or maybe you’re just seeking a way to capture those moments of joy and gratitude. Whether it’s untangling thoughts or writing down what you did that day, journaling might just be the secret ingredient you’ve been missing.

Finding Your Why in Words

First things first, let’s talk about why you’re picking up that pen or tapping away at your keyboard. Journaling is about carving out a space for your thoughts to breathe, grow, and sometimes, even heal.

In a world where everything feels curated, your journal is the one place you can be gloriously unedited. Call it expressive journaling or brain dumping – it’s all about letting your thoughts flow without worrying about the landing. And hey, if those thoughts are a tangled mess, that’s more than okay. It’s all part of the process.

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The Art of Prioritising You

Ever feel overwhelmed by…well, everything? That’s where your journal comes in as your personal sounding board. It’s like having a heart-to-heart with yourself, figuring out what matters most amidst life’s constant buzz.

But your journal doesn’t have to be a diary if you don’t want it to be. It can be anything – a sketchpad, a collection of poems, or even a digital canvas. The key? Make writing in it something you look forward to.

Whether it’s doodles, collages, or playlists, your journal can be as unique as you are. Find what feels right and run with it. There’s no “right” way to journal. If spelling mistakes or scribbles are your style, embrace it. Your journal is your territory, free from the judgement and expectations of the outside world.

Being Creative With Mental Health

The simple act of journaling packs in a lot of healing for both your mental and physical health. In 2019, Dr. Dan Siegel studied journaling, revealing how it brings the brain’s hemispheres into a harmonious state of integration. This not only improves how we process thoughts and emotions but also makes us more adaptable, resilient, and emotionally balanced, not to mention giving our energy levels a welcome boost.

In a nutshell, journaling is more than just keeping a diary, it’s a full-scale mental workout that primes you for better flexibility, resilience, emotional consistency, and vitality. It’s the wellness tool you didn’t know you needed, hiding in plain sight.

Routine or Spontaneity?

When journaling for mental health, it’s all about what works for you. While some swear by daily entries, others journal as the mood strikes. Experiment for yourself; maybe it’s a morning ritual with your coffee or a spontaneous midnight session. There’s magic in both the routine and the randomness.

All that matters is being honest and vulnerable. Like you would in online counselling, try to be as real as you feel comfortable.

Prompts To Propel You

Starting journaling can be a game-changer for your mindset, especially when you’ve got the right prompts to lead the way. They’re your guide to unlocking more mindfulness, fostering wellbeing, and encouraging growth.

To get those creative juices flowing and set the tone for some insightful self-exploration, give these thought-starters a whirl:

  • What lit up your day with excitement?
  • What achievement has you beaming with pride?
  • Noticed any shifts in your feelings this week? What sparked the change?
  • Faced any hurdles this week? Reflect on your response and how you’d like to navigate similar situations in the future.

Embracing the Journey

Journaling is a journey towards self-discovery and mental well-being. It’s all about giving yourself the space to reflect, grow, and navigate life’s ups and downs.

The beauty of journaling? There are no rules. It’s your space to explore, reflect, and even vent in whatever way feels right. The only expectation is honesty — with your journal, you get what you give.

So, if you’re ready to start this journey, remember: your journal is your sanctuary, a place where your thoughts can roam free, untamed and unjudged. Grab that pen, open that app, or whatever your journaling weapon of choice may be, and dive in.

The pages are waiting to meet the real you.

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