First off, people suffering from depression and anxiety should know that journaling can be a very successful way in which to put their difficult, negative thoughts to work in a therapeutic and even artistic manner. Journaling can be a genuine tool for self-expression and in this way it can help people grow and push aside some of the pain associated with mental illness.
The act of putting your thoughts down on paper allows you to step outside of your traditional perspective and get a better understanding of the challenges you’re facing. Once you do this, they often do not seem quite so daunting.
There are a number of ways to make sure the journaling has a chance to be successful in your fight against depression and anxiety. For starters, it’s important that you don’t censor yourself and instead you write down what you’re really feeling in your journal. In this way, you are more likely to come to grips with your genuine feelings, and less likely to avoid them.
In addition, journaling should take place as close to every day as possible. Like most things in life, you’re going to have to use some willpower to make your journaling become a regular, and therefore helpful, undertaking. From another practical perspective, make sure that you keep pen and paper nearby to make journaling easier.
When it comes to whether to share your journal with anyone, that’s completely up to you! Some people find it helpful to share and get feedback on their journal and others consider it to be completely private, and meant for their eyes only.