If you enjoyed writing a diary while you were younger, to collect and capture all of your memories of wonderful experiences or simply mediocre things, you need to know that if you kept said diary, it would make a great tool to improve your mental health in the coming years. When we talk about mental health, none of us have the same type of symptoms or treatments due to the wide range of conditions. So, today I want to emphasise how journaling, or the activity of capturing and collecting memories, can help you to improve your mental health, whatever condition it may be, and become a better and stronger version of you.
My personal experiences lead me to journaling for therapy. I have suffered anxiety and social awkwardness since I graduated college and moved to a new place. I felt like there was nobody who knew exactly how I was feeling at the moment. I had no one to talk to and I needed something positive to channel my inner feelings to. I didn’t want to be a loner and feel empty when I should have felt grateful for all of the things I already had. So, I decided to start making a collage of what I was feeling; my current state of emotions poured into a piece of paper. I found that very therapeutic and that was when I realised that I needed to write a journal more than ever.
At present, I write a page per day, recording details of what happened during the day because small things matter. Receiving a long-awaited package, encountering an adorable stray cat and simply having a nice lunch are all minor things, which many would gloss over, but for me they offer beacons of hope for my future self when I feel sad or unmotivated. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the courage to write something meaningful in my journal and that is totally fine too! Journaling shouldn’t be forced and add pressure – it should be fun and therapeutic so it can help to release tension after a hard day.
I always believe what makes a day feel magical is small positive things that we often forget to be grateful for. Therefore, in this situation, whether you’re happy or sad, try to write your feelings down and empty what is in your head onto paper because it all matters. You’ll never know when you need it in the future. Not only has journaling helped my mental health, but it has also encouraged me to get creative and improve on my creative process, enabling me to become a full-time content creator.
I think the best part of journaling is that you can create anything with no judgement from others and truly be yourself. So, find a notebook, go outside, start an adventure, capture memories, and repeat. I always believe that is the best way to document our lives for those who want to be happy and stay positive.