4 Positive Reasons Starting a Journal Can Ease Your Stress

Published Date 5/13/2014
Under: Love, Relationships & Family



Keeping a journal can be a great stress reliever

American writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag once wrote that it’s “Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret thoughts — like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.” This honest relationship that the writer can have with his or her journal makes the process of journaling a great stress release, no matter what your writing skill.


You Can Write About Anything You Want to Write

Keeping a personal journal isn’t like the journaling you might have done in school. There are no rules, and consequently no stress about the process. If you can pinpoint the source of your stress, you might like to focus your journal entries on that topic. If you’re not aware of your stressors, you might write entries which deal with the events in your life, or the emotions you’re feeling from one day to the next. If you’re interested in the meanings behind your dreams and what they might reveal about your stress, you could consider keeping a dream journal.


Journal Writing Helps You Organize Your Thoughts

Chaos is a key trigger for stress and anxiety. It’s difficult to control the chaos in our lives, but journal writing helps bring some sense of order to it. Putting scattered thoughts down onto the page can make them feel much more coherent and manageable. When you’re transferring your ideas from your mind to paper, you’re also letting go of them and clearing out your mental clutter. As you clear out that mental clutter, you’ll have more room in your brain to start problem-solving rather than problem-storing.


Most people like to journal writing whatever pops into their head at the time, but if you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed you might like to plan out your entries to make them even more organized.


Journal Writing Can Be Like Therapy

When you’re in a therapy session, your therapist will likely say very little. They’ll rarely offer concrete advice or answers. Instead they’ll encourage you to speak openly and honestly, and draw your own conclusions from what you share.


Your journal allows you to express yourself just as openly and  honestly as you would during a live therapy session. In some instances, you may be even more forthcoming. Just as speaking without reservation in therapy can be cathartic, writing in your journal can also be therapeutic and a great stress release. Many journal-keepers even find that they cry or laugh as they’re getting their ideas down, both of which are proven stress relievers.


Your Journal is Valuable Tool for Psychic Sessions

Many people turn to live psychics in times of stress. However, when you’re in a stressed state it can be difficult to remember all the things that may be pertinent to your session. A journal can be a valuable tool for recalling key moments since your last session as well as dreams which may have significance. Many psychics are trained to give live psychic advice based on specialized journals, including dream journals.


So what are you waiting for? Easing your stress is really as simple as putting pen to paper.


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