“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” – Oscar Wilde
Journals and diaries were something I used to keep a lot when I was younger, until they ended up in a bin never to be seen again. They were my confidant, my best friend, my plus one.
They were me.
I honestly wish I could show you some of my old diaries. I imagine I talked about my sexuality a few years ago, my struggles of moving schools, the good times and the bad times. Now, they are a distant memory in my mind.
It’s only been recently that I’ve decided to start writing in a journal/diary everyday. The reason as to why I’ve started to write everyday is because I’ve become very aware of the benefits of doing this.
In case this is the first time you’ve come across my blog, I’m going to start by talking about me because I think it will help you to understand this post a little better. I suffer with anxiety and depression and I have done so for a while. Furthermore, my sexual orientation is bisexual and I have been out for approximately 2 years. However, I have known I’ve been bisexual for about 5 years.
So, you can imagine it’s been a little bit difficult for me. However, I have noticed a significant difference in my mental health since I’ve started to journal everyday. I then did some research about how writing a diary can help to cope with mental health.
Writing a journal has many benefits for one’s mental health. It can help you to gain control of your emotions, manage anxiety, reduce stress and cope with depression. I have definitely noticed this change since I restarted writing in my journal everyday. I’ve found by pouring out my emotions onto a piece of paper from my brain, it allows me to gain a control of them and manage them in a way that’s easier and more beneficial for me.
You see, writing in a journal everyday can help to prioritise problems, fears and concerns. I’ve found that if I’m writing about a problem that’s getting to me, seeing it written down in front of me on paper allows me to progress it more and almost digest it in a way that’s more understandable. Essentially, it’s allowing one to create order in a time where your mind feels like it’s in chaos.
However, if I’m past the point of trying to solve a problem, fears, concerns etc, then I will use my journal to give positive self-talk. Even if it’s just positive affirmations, I find that can help eventually, especially if I take the time out to letter them properly.
Other benefits to keeping a journal and writing in it everyday include, getting to know yourself better, it helps you to make sense of the big things and help you to savour the little and it allows you to become more in tune with values and emotions. Again, I have had a lot of experience with this as well.
I keep a gratitude log in my Bullet Journal in which I take the time to sit down and think about what I’m grateful for each day. This allows me to appreciate the smaller things in life. Nine times out of ten, I’ll simply write that I was grateful to have a productive day.
Studies have also shown putting feelings into words changes the way our brain deals with stressful information and makes room for positive thoughts. In other words, there are legitimate benefits to writing in a journal everyday.
So, what should you take away from this? If you haven’t considered starting a journal, do so. It might help you out.
I am aware this post is a little shorter than I intended it to be. Writer’s block isn’t what I needed but hey ho. Thank you for reading!