Journaling 101

Updated: Feb 14

There is a TON of data on the benefits of writing therapy. Overall, the evidence points to its effectiveness in helping people identify and accept their emotions, manage their stress, and ease the symptoms of mental illness.

Writing can be a form of mindfulness; an opportunity to be present with your thoughts without judgment.

Plus, our hands are energetic tools, and writing is one way we can manage and express our energy.

What exactly is journaling?

It's. So. Simple. Journaling is essentially a written record of your thoughts & feelings. There are no rules or restrictions on how you do it -- and sometimes that in itself can be daunting for a beginner. It can be helpful as you get started to follow some prompts or guidelines until you feel comfortable enough free-writing (keep reading for ideas).

What are the key benefits?

  • Mange anxiety

  • Reduce stress

  • Cope with depression

  • For more tips on connecting with emotions through writing, see Justine's article here

  • It can strengthen your immune system

  • Reduce blood pressure

  • Help you sleep better

  • Generally keep you healthier

How do I get started?

Figure out what is most convenient for you. It can be a dedicated journal or notebook, a document on the computer, or even a Notes app on your phone (you can even talk to text with this one).

Carve out the time to do it, and aim to make it a daily routine. Even if it's just a few minutes to get down your thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

Try beginning with a brief breathing practice to cen