Mental Health Awareness Month! So this month I’m going to highlight a bunch of things that have helped with my anxiety and depression. The first task is journaling.
Journaling has been a game changer for me.
It allows me to get out ALL of my emotions and thoughts when my mind has too much going on. Do you know how good it feels to write our your frustrations? If you don’t then that’s a sign you should start journaling.
I try to write at least once a day. Sometimes I do more and sometimes I only write once a week. But I take my journal with me everywhere. Whenever I feel the need to write something to inspire me to somehow make it through the day
#ODTips to Journaling
1- Be Cute
Get a journal that you actually like. When I first started journaling for my mental health my journal had this beautiful white and pink hardcover with one of my favorite quotes on it. Whenever I saw that journal I was inspired to just make it through the day. Now, I have a Harry Potter themed cover which reminds me of the courage, patience, and love themes that keep me invested in the Potterverse. Aesthetics mean things. If you don’t like your journal, you won’t use it. Take your time in the store and shop around if you have to. But find something that you love and can live with for a few months.
2- Make Journaling a Priority
Journaling is part of my daily ritual. There are times when it was just as important as my morning coffee. I used to get to the office early, open my inbox, and write for the first 30 minutes of my morning. This worked for me because the office was quiet, I was in a structured environment, and by the time I get to the office I had thought about what would keep me going and the details of my day. I then had time to process how all of that made me feel and set daily inspiration to help me stay focused. Now, I’m a night time journaler after my evening shower. It helps me get all of my thoughts out before bed and therefore I sleep a little easier. You can journal whenever. Just make sure you do it.
3- Look Back at It
Every month or so I take a look at my entries and reflect on those moments and strategize how I can improve my life. It became clear to me that when I journaled in the morning about a scripture I read, my day usually went better. It also helped me realize that all the “I don’t know what I want to do thoughts” I had were really just doubt. Most of my entries have some “wish” or “goal” that I wish I had the guts to tackle. It helped me better prepare for my blog and gave me the kick in the ass I need to finally get serious about my dreams.
Do you have any #ODTips for journaling? Let me know in the comment section below!