Do you struggle with stress? We are all aware that less stress would be better for our overall health and something that has helped me over the years is keeping a journal. You can choose to journal in a variety of ways, whether you prefer to use old-fashioned pen and paper or use an app on your phone.

Let’s look at some of the ways that journaling can improve your mental health.

Helps You to Relax

One of the benefits of writing in a journal is that it helps you to relax. Simply write about the stressors of your day to release them from your mind. Or consider a different approach: Write about your gratitude or all the things that went RIGHT today. Taking the extra time to relax is also a great way to boost your immune system and help you stay mentally and physically healthy. Writing in a journal for only 15 to 20 minutes a day a few times a week is an effective way to relax and unwind from the stress of each day.

Boosts Your Mood

Another benefit of journaling is that it can greatly boost your mood and enhance your overall well-being. Putting all of your thoughts on paper or typing them out on a computer can relieve stress and help you feel much better. Developing a habit of journaling is an excellent way to reduce depression and provide a positive outlet for you to express your emotions.

Allows You to Stay in Tune with Your Emotions

One of the main reasons that people struggle with their emotions is the failure to focus on their mental well-being. However, taking the time to write in a journal is an excellent way to stay in tune with your emotions and help you develop resiliency to everyday stressors. Being able to strengthen your emotional functions by journaling is a great way for business leaders and entrepreneurs to handle stress in the workplace.

Solve Problems More Effectively

Many times the source of anxiety or stress is due to unresolved problems at work. Making the extra effort to put your thoughts down on paper is a great way to help you solve problems through creativity and intuition. Taking a break from the fast-paced work environment is also an effective way to help you feel relax and find creative solutions to various problems.

Helps You Achieve Goals

Writing your thoughts in a journal is also a great way to help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals. Writing your goals down is an effective way to keep your focus and help you be much more productive. Achieving your goals is a great way to boost your mood and help you feel much better about your life.

Looking at ways to improve your mental health is essential in today’s ultra-competitive work environment. One of the most overlooked ways to boost your mental well-being is to focus on writing in a journal for a few minutes each day. Developing a journaling routine that works best for your situation is an effective way to combat everyday stress and help you greatly improve your overall well-being.

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Have I convinced you yet to try journaling? It’s really not difficult to get started but if you need even more convincing, check out this video. I’ll even share the 4 different areas of life that can reap the most benefits from you keeping a journal.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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