Therapeutic Journaling

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Have you ever felt stuck in a feeling or circumstance wanting to move forward but not being able to get there? I was feeling this way recently and I’m so thankful I was reminded of the power of journaling. When you journal, you freely write whatever comes to your heart and mind, letting your thoughts and feelings pour out onto the page. Write the why’s, what’s, and because’s and hold nothing back. You get to choose to keep it for your own eyes or to share parts with a close confidant. There are many health benefits to journaling and here are a few.

Journaling can bring stress relief as it helps to release the intensity of feelings and increase self-awareness.

Downloading everything on paper helps process feelings and can create a bit of space between yourself and the feelings. It can help bring compassion to your situation and an understanding of why you are feeling that way. Recently I was angry about something and journaling helped me connect to the loss of control and fear I felt about a situation. This helped me think about what I do have control over and realize what I don’t and come to terms with that. Doing this can help provide clarity in what you need in difficult circumstances.

 

Journaling also provides you with a place to write about positive experiences and can help increase confidence.

Reflecting on your efforts and accomplishments helps reaffirm your abilities and allows your brain to relive it. Also, writing down people or experiences that you are grateful for helps make us more aware and have a greater appreciation for them. I like what Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at University of California and expert on gratitude, says, “Writing helps to organize thoughts, facilitate integration, and helps you accept your own experiences and put them in context. In essence, it allows you to see the meaning of events going on around you and create meaning in your own life.” So grab your favorite notebook; find a quiet environment, and give yourself the therapeutic benefits of journaling.

If you need help coping with difficult feelings or circumstances, please give me a call at 940-222-8703 ext 702, or email me at [email protected].

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