Journaling has really helped me in my recovery. Although, I started documenting my life in writing when I was in elementary school. I didn’t know of the actual term journaling until much later. I love journaling. It lets me express myself in a way that nothing else will. So, here are a few tips to journaling while depressed, some steps to take, and how journaling could benefit you:
- Take each step as slowly or as fast as you want
- Take one step at a time- break larger tasks into smaller ones
- Set a goal- like “I am going to write one sentence.”
- Just start- at least try to go through the motions
- Take breaks- if it is getting to be too much take some space
- Reward yourself for the small things you accomplish
Step 1: Find a journal you like or pick one up at random
Step 2: Find a working writing utensil
Step 3: Write about anything that comes to mind
- Nagging or racing thoughts
- How you are feeling
- What you did today/yesterday
- What you are going to do
All of this can be neat and organized or messy and unorganized- it is up to you
Step 4: Make a routine around journaling
Journal before bed or right when you wake up in the morning.
You can journal a few times a day or a few times a year.
Benefits to Journaling:
- Help manage stress and anxiety
- Understand yourself better
- Keep track of your progress or recovery
- Strengthen your memory and record memories
Journaling has helped me and I hope it can help you too. Journaling isn’t for everyone but I do recommend trying it out. You can also try journaling online. Just open up a word document and type away. I use google docs to store my writings for my blog.