Journaling may seem juvenile to some people but there’s no doubt that it’s a powerful tool when it comes to tackling anxiety and depression.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you feel better because it becomes an outlet for pent up frustrations, anger, and depression.
While depression and anxiety don’t have a cure, that doesn’t mean you can’t manage the symptoms. Journaling can go a long way in reducing the impact of the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
With that in mind, here are a couple of journaling exercises you can implement in your daily routine that can help with managing your anxiety:
Most people are visual beings. And sketching or drawing is a great way to keep your anxiety at bay. It’s also a great way to unleash your creative side.
A lot of people lose the motivation to pen down their thoughts every day because they feel like it’s “too much effort” and that it’s boring.
But by drawing pictures, you can make journaling a fun activity that you can do after a long day. Remember that you don’t have to step out of your comfort zone. Start small. Draw whatever comes to mind and whatever you’re feeling.
The goal is to let all the negativity out.
Use Your Favorite Quotes
Quotes from your favorite authors, movie characters, and people can help make journaling fun and motivating.
Who inspires you? What’s a quote you live by? It can be anything. You can write down what the quote means to you. Write down what you believe the quote is about.
Write About Your Feelings
Writing about your feelings will help you understand how you’re feeling. Often times people struggle with understanding how they feel because they’re confused.
Whether you’re upset about something a coworker has said or something you came across online, it’ll provide you with an outlet. It will help you understand more about how you’re feeling.
Human emotions are complex and we often don’t understand what our heart wants and what our mind is thinking. That’s why jotting down all your thoughts is a great way to analyze the emotions you’re feeling.
It’s also a great way to learn more about different types of emotions.