I’m sure as kids we all kept that one diary that lasted for no more than 2 days with a constant thought we would “keep it up.” Even if you didn’t, I know I did, and back then I didn’t realise how beneficial it would’ve been to continue writing. Now – with that in mind – I’ve come to realise, writing down your feelings in a journal every day can really help you come to terms with how you’re feeling. Every day only negative thoughts would take over and carrying that weight was only a burden. That’s why I turned to journalling: not only did it help me figure out why I was feeling a certain way, but it also helped me focus more on the positive parts of my day.
If you’re someone like me who constantly struggles with anxious thoughts, bottling all that up will only hurt you more. Writing down these feelings can help reduce stress and anxiety. Highlight your problems or fears and help yourself understand why you feel this way; recognising a trigger canhelp you avoid similar issues later in life.
Looking back to past entries, I’ve found I really improved with both handling my feelings and understanding them. Some things, without even realising, I have stopped overthinking completely. Being able to track your growth and progress over time really helps you grow stronger as a person, and it’ll really help you see the brighter side of every situation.
Don’t only let your bottled feelings out, write about all your accomplishments and achievements too! In due time, looking back will not only make you feel good but also heavily boost your self-confidence. Unfortunately, you may feel you haven’t achieved much. If so, set goals for yourself and watch as you complete these goals over time.
Just remember, start small and basic. Putting too much pressure on yourself by trying to make it pretty or even legible will only stress you out more. Don’t write too much at first. Even a few sentences a day can make a difference. You wouldn’t want to be bored of it before you even start, right?
That is your private place. Don’t worryabout it making sense; just let your story unfold.