There are countless benefits of journaling for depression, and for everyone else who often feel like we need a few minutes to breathe, to unwind and escape from the noise that is life. A self-help journal serves as a daily dose of vitamin that leads to a calmer and a grateful state of mind.
Some weeks ago, a conversation had me sharing why in this digital age, the act of keeping a handwritten journal is still a necessity. My thoughts aside, research studies show that there are plentiful of mental and physical health benefits to putting pen/cil to paper.
In this day, the stress-relieving virtues of even a quick 5-minute journalling have never felt more relevant. Here are some stress relief journal prompts to get you started.
1) Those Dreadful Screens
Setting aside time to journal offers time away from our screens -- even if it is only for 5 minutes in a day. Paper is way much kinder on the eyes than our screens and encourages us to withdraw to a calm space to write. I like to pick a spot where I am relaxed before I get started. It could be your favourite cafe or snuggled up in bed to relish in the benefits of journaling before bed. Choose wisely.
2) A space for grateful thoughts
Note down at least one thing you’re grateful for. Everyday. Whether you are writing to heal trauma, or simply through to viewing your world through a broad lens. It draws you away from the negativity that might surround you.
3) A clear perspective
By putting your positive and negative thoughts each day down on paper, you are allowing yourself to untangle your emotions from your thoughts. This enables you to think clearly and discover a new perspective on your behaviour and goals.
4) Allows you to track triggers
Spot patterns by reflecting on your words to recognise the days where you felt negative and meditate on what might have caused these feelings. Also, look back on days where you felt happiest and identify what made you feel this awesome!