Journaling to Help with Depression

Journaling to Help with Depression

Journaling can be a great outlet for your emotions. It can be hard to express what you mean into words when you speak to someone. By writing in a journal, you can organize your thoughts and be aware of what triggers your depression to get better.

Journaling can put you on the path of self-discovery. You can either journal in private or you can share with your therapist so that he or she knows what is important to you and help you move forward. You can get to know yourself better through your writing by bringing your thoughts and feelings to the surface. You can realize that you are worried about something that you did not know upset you. For example, you could discover that when someone criticized you for something you did at work, it really hurt your feelings which made you realize that you are sensitive when someone points out your flaws. Journaling can be great for your depression treatment as you are doing something to make you feel better and that you need more help.

While it is important to let out what is upsetting you, you should not only be writing about that as it can make you depression worse. Life comes with both the good and the bad so both emotions should be represented in your journal. Write about what has made you happy today and the people who have made you smile. Make sure to log how you feel every day so that you can keep track of your progress to detect triggers. See if your depressive symptoms worsen during a certain time, under stressed, or a certain relationship you have with someone like a family member or a romantic relationship. Do not worry so much about editing your work as you and your therapist will be the only one reading it. Pay more attention to the way you feel than your spelling, grammar, and bad language.

You can be creative with your journal as well like writing a letter to yourself or someone you love that is no longer here. Spend every day journaling for twenty minutes at a time when it is peaceful like before going to bed. Keep your journal in a safe place like near your bed, your car, your bag, or online. Letting out your feelings and looking back on them will help you on the road to recovery.

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