How to Journal while Depressed

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
  • Ideas
  • Goals

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.

Thanks for reading!

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