Updated: May 10
Welcome back to the Managing Your Depression Naturally Series. In the last post, we covered the basics of self-care and how it can impact your mental health. However, I left something out. Journalling. Not only is it a great way to practice self-care, I feel that it’s important enough for this series to be its own topic. In this post, I’m going to cover how Journalling can benefit your mental health.
How Journalling Impacts Mental Health
Journaling is so important to mental health. For depression, in particular, it can do so much more than serving as a place for your thoughts. Now, I’m not just talking about a diary for your most personal secrets. A journal can really be whatever you want it to be. You can write all your thoughts like a normal journal, but you can also track your moods, habits, and other things. To learn more about journaling in general, read more at 4 Reasons You Should Be Journaling.
Creating A Wellness Plan
By writing down your thoughts, tasks, habits, and/or moods, you’re tracking what happens every day. With this, you can craft your own wellness plan based on what you know about yourself and your current situation. You’ll know when to combat negative thoughts when you’re feeling the most or least energy, things of that nature.
You can also track your progress of this wellness plan through journaling and self-reflection which is a great way to motivate yourself!
While journaling about your thoughts and emotions is cathartic, it's also a great way to do so a solution to the problems you might be currently facing. You see, while you're writing out a situation, it's being reprocessed in your mind. Your emotions have now been separated from the problem because you've already processed it.
For example, if you're writing about something you're having trouble facing, writing about it can bring you into a more logical state of mind and may help you find the solution to the problem.
Boosting your Mood
When you're feeling a little on the low side, journaling about things you're grateful for or about things that make you happy is scientifically proven to boost your mood. Even if you can't make a list, you can flip to a list you've made before.
Top psychologists gave reported that when you write three things that you're grateful for every day, your mood is uplifted and you will have a more positive outlook on life.
Typically, when you're writing in a journal, you're going to write about all of your thoughts, maybe even your thoughts on those thoughts. Once you get started, it's almost flowing out of you like a stream. Use that to your advantage!
Take a second to reflect on what you write. If you're having trouble with your sense of self or your self-identity, this can be essential to finding your way again. Don't go too deep into it, but just reflect on what you think, who you really are. Your journal will have those answers.
If you'd like to learn more about Self Discovery read my post on it right here
The bullet journal is one of the most creative ways to improve your mental health. Bullet journaling combines scheduling and structure with the beautiful mess that is creativity. A bullet journal is translated differently to everyone that does it. For some, it's a book of lists. For others, it's a bunch of charts made to track goals, habits, and moods in creative ways.
You can put anything you want in a bullet journal, it doesn't matter. It's all up to you. That's the true beauty of it. If you want to write all your to-do lists, bucket lists, or just doodle, that's your bullet journal. It's you, and that's amazing! Let it inspire you, let it heal you when you need it to.
Personally, I love to put my gratitude lists and the things I love about myself.
As I said in the last section, it's a really useful tool for when I'm feeling down.
To get you started with journaling for your mental health, I've included these journal prompts to guide you in the right direction.
What will you write about first? Will you keep a regular journal or try bullet journaling? I'd like to see all of your ideas! You can tag @ruralmajestyblpg in your social posts or use the hashtag #HerRuralMajesty to get featured on our Instagram page!
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