A pen and paper are powerful tools for mental health.
Journaling is easy, practically free, and anyone can do it. The best part is, the simple act of journaling carries an array of benefits for our minds. Journaling lets us access creativity and greater self-awareness. It’s a simple, therapeutic, and a great addition to your recovery toolbox. In this article, we’ll delve into some of the many benefits of this simple practice.
A Daily Practice
When you make journaling a daily practice, you develop a grounding ritual. Rituals are great for mental health as they provide space and time to do something meaningful. When you carve out time for journaling, you’re engaging in a powerful self-care ritual.
Track Patterns Through Journaling
Keeping a regular journal allows you to get more self-aware. You can look back on your journaling and notice patterns that repeat. Maybe you find yourself writing about the same troubling thoughts very often. If this is the case, journaling offers a space to hone in on the issues and start to heal.
Out of Your Head and Onto the Page
Journaling is an excellent and simple way to clear out the mental clutter. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with racing thoughts, multitasking, and general mental chatter. When this happens, picking up a pen and paper and writing your thoughts down can serve to clear them from your head and get them onto the page. Journaling can be a great stress and anxiety reliever.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
The act of writing can help the brain get more in touch with its creative side. Writing with an old fashioned pen and paper can especially help the juices get flowing. When you journal regularly, you might find that you’re more creative in general and that you’re more likely to write down all of the wonderful ideas that you have.
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