Mental Health Benefits of Journaling.


Taking care of our mental health is critical to carrying out our daily tasks and attaining success in our lives.

If we are feeling anxious, depressed, or just not feeling like ourselves, it can become excruciating to do the activities needed to live a meaningful life—like when you’re physically ill with a cold or a stomach bug.

There are several things you can do to take ownership of your mental health. While seeing a counselor might be the most obvious, there are also other methods that you can do on your own that can be helpful as well.

One such method is journaling. According to Psych Central, journaling has a multitude of mental health benefits. A few of these are listed below.

1. Making sense of your thoughts and feelings. In the moment, particularly when we’re struggling, our thoughts and feelings can be jumbled and we may not know how to best articulate them. The process of getting them down on paper can bring new perspective and give you a better understanding of what’s going on in your mind. Furthermore, journaling engages both the left (analytical) and right (creative) brain, allowing you to solve problems more effectively.

2. Getting to know yourself better. Through writing about your experiences, you gain insights about who you are, what makes you happy, and what makes you tick.

3. Reducing stress. There is something deeply cathartic about expressing your feelings. If you don’t have someone you can talk to about your experiences, writing them down is a great way to let them out. Expressing yourself helps release emotions and decrease their intensity.

4. Recording your progress. When you look back at your writing, you will notice how much progress you’ve made over time. This will in turn increase your self-esteem. Life presents us with challenges, but through writing, you will discover that you are resilient and will come out of this difficult situation stronger.

A pen and paper can have remarkable effects on your well-being, just as much as going for a jog or practicing yoga.

Writing about our experiences is therapeutic, and so is talking about them. If you want to try counseling, South Denver Psychotherapy has a wide range of services to meet your needs.

Contact us today to learn more.


Purcell, Maud. October 30, 2015. The Health Benefits of Journaling. Psych Central.