Dealing with stress comes within adulthood and how you handle stressful situations can be challenging. Some people may do things like painting or getting out of the house to do something fun. One of the most common things that many people do nowadays is travel to a different country to cope with how they’re feeling about life. One thing that no matter where you are you can do almost instantly is journaling. Journaling is one of the most known, and easiest ways that people can do regarding coping with pressure and worrying situations. These situations can range from job-related stress, relationships, the guilt of unachieved goals, health issues, and so much more. Yet, no matter where you are in life and no matter how old you are, you are capable of journaling.
Did you know that a child can journal about pictures by illustrating pictures of how they feel without any words? These pictures can be associated with their emotions and how to process them. Also, teenagers can journal about how they feel by writing poetry or a form of literature that they would read in books.
Journaling is a way that someone expresses themselves differently. It can be used as an escape from a stressful situation, a traumatic experience, or anxious and triggering feelings. Journaling can be a place to write down depressive and negative thoughts, by being a place to vent or keep a symptom log. Also, journaling can be used to record your success stories, happy times, and feelings of joy so far in between. It can be used as a tool to help you thrive in life even during those low moments because life is filled with beautiful highs, exhausting lows, and a lot of different opinions. It can be used to feel heard, have your point validated, and be a place to let out your raw thoughts.
Most importantly, journalling serves as a useful skill for growth. When you write down your thoughts and your feelings, then take time to read your writing you can learn from yourself. You can learn from the mistakes that you have made in the past and take some inner accountability. Also, it can serve as a roadmap of where you came from and the route you can take to do better.
The traditional way to journal starts by grabbing a notebook and pen or pencil and writing down your thoughts. Yet nowadays one can use their phones by going into your notes section and just begin typing. The goal is to write or type how you feel, how long you’ve been feeling that way and anything that comes to mind. You write or type until you run out of words or until you start to feel better. The purpose is to release it all in a safe place and to give yourself some relief.