Journaling can be a useful tool for anxiety relief. Recording your feelings and experiences in one journal has the powerful ability to layout your thoughts, manage your emotions, and maintain your mental stability postpartum. Newly emerging mothers worldwide are discovering the benefits of the practice, to nurture their current and future wellbeing. Read on to discover how you can do the same.
1. Better Your Mental State
Writing down your thoughts through journaling has risen in popularity in recent years, with many of us moving away from the endless choice of mobile apps and heading back towards tradition. This at-home activity has been scientifically proven to improve your mental and physical state, with everything from self-care diaries and worry journals to get you through your struggles.
It is estimated that up to 15% of new mothers experience PPD, which can relate to a number of factors such as anxiety about not being a good mom, bonding struggles, sleeping struggles, and even harmful thoughts towards yourself or your baby. Such depression may commence at any point within the first year of giving birth and affects women in many different ways.
The ancient practice of journaling is believed to have emerged as far back as the 10th century, which even saw the Roman Emperors take up their daily dose of journaling. The health advantages have clearly been well documented, with an ability to let your creativity flourish, boost your mood, and eliminate pressing issues like anxiety and stress.
2. A Wonderful Outlet
Journaling is the perfect outlet for your emotions. Writing down your thoughts has the power to reduce headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, and sleep anxiety – just to name a few. Afford yourself the time to display and organise your emotions on paper, which is in itself, is simply an alternative way of thinking. Here’s just a few positives that can come from journaling:
- Calm and clear up your mind
- Boost your mood and positivity
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Release pent-up feelings
- Improve self-awareness
Evidently, there are a plethora of advantages that come synonymously with journaling. Why not create the habit today to better your wellbeing?
3. Facilitate Organization
Your journal helps keep your thoughts and feelings neatly organised. When you feel overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, you feel like you cannot stop thinking – and thoughts get jumbled up inside your head. Plus, baby brain is a real thing too, with thoughts flying in and out like there’s no tomorrow you can’t remember a thing! Writing it all down renders emotional management, and will ultimately make you feel a million times better afterwards.
Did you know that when you journal, you use the left side of your brain (rational and fact-based), leaving the right side of your brain free to wander? Once you’re in your fun and creative mood, this instantly removes mental blocks, allowing greater insight and understanding of the self. Even if it’s the simple things you try to remember, like questions for your doctor, holiday checklists, and more – simply jot it down and you can free yourself from the stress of trying to remember every single thing.
Undoubtedly, journaling is a great way to bond with your baby. Writing down your feelings about your baby before they arrive will render a stronger connection between you, as oftentimes, writing down your thoughts is a method of validating your feelings and making them a reality. Why not jot down your love for your baby, your hopes and dreams for them, or ideas for names? Your journal is free for your mind to explore, to spark creativity and tap-in to your feelings with your baby.
5. Lifelong Memories
There is no better feeling than looking back at your journal in a few years time and seeing how far you’ve come. Journaling postpartum is a wonderful way to cherish keepsake memories and revisiting your journey to becoming a mom. As you read over your previous struggles, and most importantly how you overcame them, you’ll be better equipped for the future and re-instil confidence in yourself as a mother.