5 Reasons Why You Need to Start an Anxiety Journal
By Milly Hailstone
Journalling is an incredible tool to use if you suffer from anxiety, as it really allows you to get to the root of the problem and take back control of your thoughts. In many ways, your journal will become your therapist. If you've read any of my more personal posts, you'll know that this blog certainly acts as one for me. Here are 5 reasons why you need to start an anxiety journal:
1. To Release Pent-Up Emotions
A journal acts as a release. By putting your thoughts down on paper, you are able to let go in the same way that you would, when sharing a problem with a friend. It's also a place to write down thoughts and feelings that you don't wish to share with others. It's a judgment-free place where you can feel safe in letting your most inner thoughts fly.
The more you ignore or suppress your emotions, the more they will grow and start to overcome you. Instead, you can make the choice to release your demons in a healthy way. After each journalling session, read back through everything you wrote. It's more than okay if you get emotional - crying is actually an incredible way to release those bad vibes.
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2. To Discover How You Really Feel
It's all too easy to neglect what is happening under the surface. You can distract yourself with many things that don't really matter. But, when you decide to peel back the layers of your mind, you can figure out what you are really feeling - and how to fix it, if need be.
For a long time, I wore a mask and hid my true feelings from everyone, including myself. This no way to live, as you will eventually crash and burn. Using the right journal prompts, you can get to the core of your anxiety and gain a better understanding of your own mind.
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3. To Better Understand Yourself
Do you know what type of anxiety you have? Do you know your triggers? Are you practicing self-love? If you answered no to any of those questions, you've got some work to do - and an anxiety journal is the place to do it.
It helps to write when you are at your most anxious. You can explore what caused you to feel the way you do. Was a place, a person, or perhaps a memory? Once you've started to notice the things that make you worse, you can start to make good changes in your life that don't involve those things. This might not be easy, especially if you discover that one of your triggers is a person in your life. But, it's important to take this step to move forward.
Related: WTF is Self-Love?
4. To Figure Out your past
Anxiety generally manifests as a result of something that happened in your past. As scary as that sounds, you might need to dive into your past and figure that stuff out. In your journal you can reprocess your old emotions, even writing letters to those that have wronged you - though you don't need to send them. Forgiveness is a powerful tool to use, and can definitely help to balance the scales.
Sometimes, anxiety hides so well that we don't understand where it comes from. With journaling, you can not only find the source, but weed it out from the roots.
It's cool to journal about happy times from your past too, as it's just important to figure out what makes you happy. Write down some happy times in your life and remember what made you feel that way. Is it possible that you forget about this thing that made you happy? Is there a way to bring it into the present so that you can regain that feeling?
5. To Track Your Mood
Us anxious folk like to track stuff. I write lists, and lists and more lists. A journal could be the perfect opportunity to draw some beautiful mood trackers. You've seen those gorgeous bullet journal spreads, right? If you use coloring as one of your self-care activities, this is the perfect element to add to your anxiety journal.
Do you journal? How has it helped you deal with anxiety? I'd love to know your experience - please comment below!