Journaling Your Way Out Of Mental Illness

The most common misconception about journaling is the idea of comparing it to keeping a diary. Yes, people write anything in it such as their anxiety, depression, and even happy moments. That’s because they assume that the process merely follows knowing what things to write. That the details of it should have a certain flow, and that everything about it should have to make sense. However, contrary to that belief, that’s not what journaling is all about. It does not always have to be like that. Though in most cases, it can be for some people.


The Essence Of Journaling

The reason why journaling is an excellent help for emotional and mental wellness is due to its potential use on individuals benefit. That includes having a place to vent and have the means to process through all the things that are happening in their lives. According to Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP “Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel.” It could be some memorable experience that occurs in the past, or it can be the things that are currently happening today. Journaling allows people to have a place to talk about their feelings toward the whole experience. Therefore, some individuals prefer to write it out like a story or letter form. However, some people don’t do that. Some individuals like to keep a bullet form of journaling. It has something to do with specific things that happened in their lives. There is no elaboration on such thing, but there’s a secured emotional attachment to the written subject. There are also some individuals who use journaling to track down their mood and mental health. It is like writing down two or three emotions they felt in a day. That’s because they find it necessary to note how they are doing so they can manage their improvement towards their wellness goal.


There’s entirely no limit on what people can write in a journal. The whole goal of journaling is to have a place where individuals share their thoughts, feelings, and experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s short or long, as long as there’s a full expression of what people need to vent out. Because when there is a basic tracking, and there’s a lot to share, it eventually comes out of the chest. There’s a relieving sense associated with expressing one’s emotional crisis. Another great thing about writing down what’s happening and how individuals are feeling is the power of creating solutions out of the blue. That is because when people see nothing but fears, worries, frustrations, and agitations, they become aware of finding ways to remove it from their system. As stated by Tamara Hill, MS, LPC “I often provide journaling to my own clients who find it difficult to verbalize what bothers them. The tool has proven beneficial not only to them but also to myself, as I learn a great deal about the “internal, hidden world” of the client.” That explains why some people write down their problems in a journal and immediately pay attention to upsetting themselves. With that, there comes an entirely different writing flow that takes place.

Why Some People Don’t Use It

The reason why some individuals are not into journaling is due to the pressure of telling a story. There’s a pressure of expressing one’s emotional and mental state in an accurate and detailed way. These people often focus on how things should start as well as how it should end. They don’t look into the reality that maybe they don’t have all the details of the full story of their lives. That perhaps, the things they have to write are the ones they only have to experience. As much as others see journaling’s benefit to people’s emotional and mental health, it doesn’t entirely work for everybody. Not all can benefit from it because they have different needs. Some people are not good at expressing themselves even in a written form. There are instances where thinking about previous emotions can be hard and uncomfortable to do. Most people are also not aware of what’s going on with their mental and emotional health. Therefore, it creates an issue instead of a solution.


People often forget how bad and good things are going. There’s too much of everything that not all of them can pretty much handle their own emotional and mental needs. Therefore, keeping track in a journal and jotting vital things down can help individuals stay on point with their overall dilemma. And as stated by Sharon Martin, LCSW “Journals aren’t just for teenagers trying to hide their private thoughts from their parents’ prying eyes. Journaling is a helpful therapeutic tool. It’s not going replace mental health treatment from a qualified professional, but it can be a useful addition or way to accelerate your healing.” Not only it allows focus, but it also helps in bringing clarity to one’s mental function.