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The Benefits of Journaling

Journaling is a therapeutic tool or strategy prescribed by many therapists to help people who may be struggling with a variety of life issues. Reflection through journaling may help to alleviate or minimize some of the symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.

Get To Know You

Sometimes we go through different emotions without realizing the source or cause. By writing and examining your day to day thoughts and feelings, you will become more in-tune with your triggers, thought patterns and range of emotions. Start keeping a daily journal of your emotions and you will be surprised at what you learn about yourself!

Problem-Solving

Have you ever been faced with a tough decision and used a pros and cons list to help you?  Well, this method is tried and true and usually helps you to put your situation into perspective.  It may be helpful to organize your thoughts in a way that allows you to focus on the issue at hand.  Mapping out a solution to your problems ensures that you carefully examine every aspect of the issue and thoughtfully seek a viable solution.

Gratitude Journals

It is easy to lose focus on the important aspects of our lives.  We are often so bogged down with the demands of work and family, that we don’t take time to appreciate the goodness around us.  Keeping a daily gratitude journal will help us to remember the people, places, and things in our lives that make it meaningful.  End each day with a positive account of all the good that happened.  This may be especially helpful in combatting depression and sadness.

Decompress to Relieve Stress

Communicating thoughts and feelings helps people to relieve stress related to anxiety, depression and relationship issues. But sometimes it’s not easy or timely to verbally communicate your thoughts and feelings to someone else.  Rather than bottle up those feelings, writing in a journal may be a good alternative.  You are free to express your thoughts without judgement or limitation.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Journaling Time

  • Set aside a time each evening for journaling. It’s best to establish a set time and routine so that you’re more likely to make it a habit.
  • Find a quiet space where you can write and reflect undisturbed.
  • You may choose to listen to relaxing music while you journal.
  • Make sure you don’t waiver or compromise on your journaling time.

Although journaling provides an outlet for expressing and responding to your feelings, sometimes it may be necessary to seek other resources.  Mental health professionals, such as the counselors at Amy Wine Counseling Center, may be able to help you overcome obstacles in your life so that you can live your best life.   Contact us here or call us today at 832-421-8714.

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