Keeping a journal or diary is more than just a way to document my experiences and record my thoughts. Writing journal is one of my stress relief exercise to reap both physical and emotional benefits.
I was told to let out my emotions through expressive writing to reduce anxiety, depressive symptoms and reduce the amount of undesirable behavior that I do, too. Based on study, published in Behavior Modification, showed that expressive writing was associated with significant decreases in generalized anxiety disorder symptoms, including worry and depression.
Keeping My Stress-Relief Diary
- Allows me to sort out and clarify my thoughts and emotions
- Lets me reflect upon my life’s journey by looking back at past journal entries
- Gives me time to reflect about my feelings and emotions so that I can better understand them
- Provides an outlet for expressing difficult emotions, such as anger and frustration, without hurting someone I love
- Can be a way to release my negative thoughts and emotions so that I can move on to a happier state of mind.
Other Methods of Expression
Beside keeping a diary, I’ve try other avenues for stress relief:
- SPEAK OUT. Sharing my thoughts and my feelings with a trusted friend, family member, and therapist.
- LISTEN TO MUSIC. The Power of music to reduce stess. The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music.
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Examining my thoughts, my feelings and my internal experiences. I’m using reflective writing so that I can receive mental and emotional clarity, validate experiences and come to a deeper understanding of myself.
May 9, 2017. Friday….
Anxiety attack.. a relapse
to be continue…….