Don’t let built up thoughts suppress your mentality over time. Get your thoughts down on paper at the end of a long day and see what can happen.
We all have a lot going on. But, our busy lives can tend to take up more than just our time—it takes up our mental capacity as well. While counselors and close friends can be great outlets for advice and venting, they’re not always convenient in the moment. For the days when your mind is running in circles, or the regular days that don’t have much action in them, journaling can be a helpful outlet for getting thoughts out.
According to an article from Psychcentral, journaling allows us to come to terms with our stress. It forces us to spew our thoughts out on paper and understand what we’re feeling. In addition to this, it can also help relieve mental blocks in our brain—allowing us to walk away with a clearer mind.
Journaling can be helpful for the big stressors in life and for the little ones too. Our mind deserves to be “rebooted” after the super stressful days that we can’t wait to be over, and the days that aren’t as impactful. Knowing when to release your thoughts not only relieves stress, but it prevents it from building up over time. Also, it’s fun to reflect on the good days too by journaling about the events of the day.
So where do you start? Here are three ways to help initiate the journaling process and free your mind.
This is the first and probably most important step. In order to live out the benefits of journaling, you have to make time for it. Find time in your schedule, whether it’s in the middle of your day or at night, and set aside 15-20 minutes to be alone with your thoughts.
Find a Journal
This is an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning. Find a journal that you like. This is going to be your new best friend—someone you talk to on the daily. This notebook is for your thoughts and eyes only, so make it something you look forward to doing.
A little self-reflection never hurt anyone—being alone with your thoughts can help process whatever is taking up space in your mind. Focus on what’s been taking up your mental capacity, and work through those thoughts by getting them on paper. Afterwards, you’re bound to feel some relief from creating an outlet for your thoughts.
Similar to the first step, unless you plan it into your schedule it’s not going to happen. Think of journaling as another self-care practice. Maybe even throw on a face mask while journaling to treat yourself to some time alone taking care of your mind. Journaling doesn’t have to happen everyday—just try to do it a couple times of week to understand yourself a little better.