Journaling Can Improve Your Mental Health: From Anxiety to Clarity

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Keeping a journal is an excellent way to stay organized, save memories, and express yourself creatively. Journaling can also help reduce stress, boost mental health, and improve problem-solving skills. Keeping a journal has helped in my own pursuit of experiencing consistent moments of mental wellness (healing). 

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My Journey of mental wellness is no secret

I’ve shared my journey of mental wellness in different segments. It’s not something that has to be kept a secret although yea, some things should be kept private, I believe that the parts that I do share help fuel my mission of encouraging readers and writers to take that next right step whatever it may be. Outside of being an author-publisher I advocate for mental wellness by sharing my own healing journey from a standpoint of: here this is where I started, and this is where I am now. Starting my publishing right after experiencing trauma, though unplanned, was the next right move for me. While difficult at times, these last five years in business at Winn Publications (2023) has been helpful to my personal growth. In reflecting for this article, there actually a few things that have helped me experience more moments of wellness vs. moments of anxiety, and as a writer my go to tool was journaling. 

Journaling and a few of the of the benefits:

#1 Improved clarity

Improved clarity of thought: Writing about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences can help you gain greater clarity and understanding. By putting your thoughts and feelings onto paper, you can better reflect and contemplate on them, which can enable you to make better decisions and feel more in control of your life.  

Gaining clarity has helped me overcome issues like decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is when you have so many ideas and things that you want to do that you don’t know where to start. This happens often with us Creative folks. So for me, the next right step was to excise my gift and love for writing and journal. I knew that writing my thoughts down, and basically dumping every thought on paper, then I could begin to organize it and come up with a plan to see each idea though. I knew that if I could do this successfully then I would be putting to use the things that I have learned about life and business in the last few years. 

#2 Enhanced Creativity

Writing can help you come up with new ideas and be more creative. By exploring different topics and writing down your thoughts, you can come up with unique solutions and ideas.

#3 Improved problem-solving skills

Writing can help you identify and address the root causes of problems. By exploring your thoughts and feelings, you can better understand the sources of your problems and come up with more effective solutions.

I have been experiencing this as a result of doing shadow work journaling. I’ve been getting on YouTube Live twice a week sharing shadow work journal prompts and writing them in a hardcover journal I designed specifically for this type of journaling. So far I am grateful for it. It’s been difficult facing some things that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered without a little prompting/push/guidance. I’ve been using a guide called “Shadow Work Journal, Illuminating the Darkside of Your Pscye” and it’s been an eye-opener. 

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#4 Improved communication skills

 Writing can help you build up your communication skills. When you write, you can better articulate your thoughts and feelings and express yourself more clearly.

#5 Writing Relieves Stress

Journaling can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Writing about your worries can help you make sense of them and find more effective ways of dealing with them.

Keeping a journal can help you in many different ways. It can help you stay organized, document memories, express yourself creatively, reduce stress, boost mental health, and improve problem-solving skills. So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your life, start writing!

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