Amazing reasons why journalling helps improve your mental health

There’s much hype about journalling nowadays but do you know that you might be journalling way back without you knowing? Remember when you were little and were gifted a diary or urged your parents to buy you one? Yes! I’m talking about that notebook where you would write your crushes! Well, that’s basically journalling.

Journalling is simply a way of writing your thoughts. So whenever you find yourself writing around whatever you feel, no matter what paper that is, that’s journalling! People nowadays just want to call it a bit fancier, well, perhaps, journalling notebooks would exist?! They’re cute though, and I admit to having a couple for myself too! Why not, if it inspires you more to write your thoughts, right?!

With all the adulting responsibilities though, spending time to sit down and write our thoughts can sometimes feel like an added burden to many. That’s why it is important to know the benefits it can give you so you’ll know how much those few minutes you’re using (not wasting) can actually turn out to be an investment for your mental health and well-being in general.

Here are some ways that journaling can help:

  1. Reduces stress: Journaling can help you release pent-up feelings and emotions, which can reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. Helps you process your thoughts and emotions: Writing down your thoughts and emotions can help you understand them better and process them in a healthy way.
  3. Provides perspective: Journaling can help you gain a new perspective on a situation or problem, which can lead to more effective problem-solving and decision-making.
  4. Boosts creativity: Writing can be a creative outlet, and journaling can help you tap into your creative side and explore new ideas and thoughts.
  5. Tracks progress: By keeping a journal, you can track your progress in different areas of your life, which can help you see how far you’ve come and motivate you to keep going.
  6. Improves mood: Journaling can help you express gratitude, focus on positive experiences, and gain a sense of accomplishment, all of which can improve your overall mood.

Overall, journaling can be a helpful tool for managing stress, improving mood, and processing emotions in a healthy way.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with 
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20 thoughts on “Amazing reasons why journalling helps improve your mental health

  1. I frequently journal but the nature of my journalling has changed over the years – from being long and detailed, it has become concise and captures only an emotion that I’m trying to grapple with in the moment.

  2. Journaling is a wonderful way to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can help us gain clarity, reduce stress, and improve our overall well-being. However, finding the time to journal is challenging for me this year. Thanks for reminding me to start over again.

  3. I literally thrive on journaling. It’s a great cathartic! My mom instilled writing diary since I was 5 or 6 but it’s not till I got PPD that I realised its true therapeutic value.

  4. Somehow I never journaled. I feel my thoughts are way too personal and what if someone reads them? In school, we were asked to write a daily diary during our summer holidays.

  5. I love to do write journals. Since childhood I keep writing and maintaining jouranls and write my ideas, daily schedules, or random thoughts. For me it is therapeutic and always give me a mental strength.

  6. Somehow I have never wanted to journal. I feel my thoughts are too private and what if someone reads them? In school, we were asked to write a daily journal during our summer holidays and that was the only time I journaled.

  7. Journaling is a wonderful way for relaxing your mind, body and soul and I realized that when I personally started journalling. Honestly journaling is something which bring me closer to blogging. As you said I actually started journaling long ago when I was in class 6th or 7th Standard and after so many years I realized Oh! that is what called journaling. Journaling comes with countless other benefits and I am very vocal about it.

  8. I used to write a journal when I was younger. I write my thoughts and sometimes incidents of the day. I miss writing it now and try as I might I am unable to get back into the habit. I so agree with you that journaling helps in reducing stress.

  9. Agree with you Jeannie. Journaling really help to cope up with stress, achieving small milestone, lifting up mood and helps to maintain balance in life. I have experience all this. And I love journaling.

  10. Completely agree. I am a big believer in journaling for mental health. I have been journaling since my teens and it has helped me cope during some really difficult times.

  11. Journaling is a good habit to share our thoughts, find a way of expressing and also to relive past experiences. My blog started as a way of journaling too.

  12. Journaling is like a best friend where you can pour out ur days goods and bads. I use to do so when I was younger however haven’t really been able to keep up to it. I am glad I kbow some who religiously does it.

  13. Absolutely echoed my thoughts. I love writing about my day or how I felt at the end of it, this practice prepares me to take the best action for the next day and makes me more productive, satisfied and confident. Journaling makes me a more calm, contented and peaceful person; someone who I like a lot☺️

  14. I totally agree with you Jeannine. The points you’ve mentioned are so true. It would be a good idea to inculcate this habit in our kids so that it stays with them lifelong… it would take care of several aspects of their lives.

  15. I so agree that journaling is such a good way to surrender. It is a companion like a book, always there, always listening and always helping to bring balance in our lives. I have started to journal too.

  16. I love journaling. have been doing thus for more than a year and I really feel rejuvenated after doing this . Also, you are right to say what journaling is actually. Note down everything we can or whenever we wish to without thinking of anything else.

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