I saw this on FamilySearch today – Anxiety Journaling: How to Relieve Stress through Writing: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/anxiety-journal-relieve-stress/. Long article, shortened it a bit to give some important points. Journaling is not for everyone. Having worked in several mental health agencies, it helps some and causes problems for others. I would only recommend starting this if you are working with a therapist or other mental health professional. I know some people keep personal journals for various reasons and in those cases, I don’t want to discourage you from continuing to do so. For my mental health situation, I had not found journaling works for me. Just be warned that if you have never done journaling before, it can open up a lot of issues that you may want to seek professional help before starting. There is some good advice to consider in the article.
December 8, 2020 by Annelie Hansen
Society runs at a rapid pace. We face challenging demands on our time and energy that affect our sleeping patterns and eating habits. For some people, the future may seem overwhelmingly cloudy or directionless. If you have feelings of anxiety, you are not alone.
It’s important to give our minds and bodies resources to cope with daily demands. One resource you might try is starting an anxiety journal.*
What Is an Anxiety Journal and How Does It Help?
An anxiety journal is a place for you to record your feelings of stress and fear or uncertainty. The journal doesn’t have to be anything fancy; it is enough to have a place to write or type your thoughts.
Journaling has been shown to help individuals handle stress. It gives you time to make sense of all the rushing thoughts and emotions that come with anxiety. Consistent journaling may also help you get to the heart of what is causing your feelings. The more instances you record, the more patterns you may find.
*While an anxiety journal can be an effective tool for coping, it is not a substitute for a medical professional.