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I write about journaling a lot on this blog. There are so many ways that a regular journaling practice can help — especially when times are tough. With that, people are learning the benefits of journaling, how to create journaling habits, and the different ways they can use them. But it is also easy to assume journaling is going to solve all your problems.
To make that distinction, I thought this was a good time for me to chat a little about that.
Benefits of Journaling
While journaling might not be able to solve all your problems, it does help with a lot. There are many benefits, including:
- Reducing stress and anxiety – If you are struggling with stress or anxiety, just writing about your feelings and what is bothering you can have a tremendous effect. It allows you to get those emotions out. You can really figure out what is triggering your stress or making your anxiety worse.
- Helping to set and achieve goals – Journaling can also be used to figure out what your biggest goals are, define then, and then start working to achieve them.
- Finding clarity in your life – If you feel lost or confused, where you aren’t really sure why you feel stuck or what to do next, you might need a little clarity. This is one of the best benefits of journaling.
- Making a big decision – Another way journaling can benefit you is by helping to make a big decision. Just writing out your feelings on a new job or new home in another state can help guide you in the right direction.
- Venting and releasing frustration – Sometimes, you just need to vent, without involving another person. Your journal is a safe, sacred place where you can vent about anything that is currently bothering you. Then move on from it.
It Should Not Replace Professional Help
Keep in mind that while journaling can be used to complement professional help, it should not replace it. No, it is not going to solve all the problems in your life. But even therapists often recommend writing in a journal in addition to seeing them on a regular basis. It is often used in addition to medical and mental health treatments. Options include using the journal to write down triggers for your gut issues or writing out how you feel when your anxiety or depression worsens.
It is still important to seek help from a medical professional when dealing with your physical or mental health.
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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.