Journaling is an old tradition, used by many psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. But what’s in it for you?
Journaling for mental health
Journaling has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It is a simple way to process emotions, gain understanding and clear our heads.
The act of writing taps into your left brain. This is the part of the brain that is analytical and rational.
Needless to say, journaling holds a powerful solution to our mental health. By simply putting pen to paper, you enter a form of therapy. And it’s free! Recording your thoughts or releasing pent-up tension can help you heal.
Benefits of keeping a journal
Here are some of the benefits you can get from journaling:
- Reduces stress
- Helps you come to terms with the past
- Helps heals emotional wounds inflicted by others
- Promotes better decision-making
- Helps one gain deeper insight into situations
- Offers a safe and private way to express your thoughts
- Clarifies issues in your life
- Allows for self-discovery
- Reduces anger and tension
- Acts as an outlet for creativity
- May help reduce depression and anxiety
- May help calm you when feeling overwhelmed or panicked
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