Sunday, 17 January 2016

Journaling (Does it work) My experience

Journaling (Does it work) My experience.

I think most of us have kept a diary of some sort through out the years. I know I have. Mine were usually filled with who I fancied at the time. Who my friends were and who I didn't like very much. But that was a long time ago and today I'm not talking about them kind of Diary's

Today I'm going to be talking about Journaling your mental health. Good times Bad times and the memories that we rather not share with the world.

My experience with Journaling My mental health.

For a long time now I've been told journaling helps you get things of your chest and helps the emotions. I was first told this when I was around Fourteen. At that time of my life it didn't work for me. I was just so angry at the world that writing my feelings seemed a pointless idea. I remember writing a couple of sentences and throwing the paper across the room. A couple of years later I was told about it again and quickly dismissed the idea. But a couple of years ago I tried It with a different mind-set. The first time I sat and wrote about my day and what was going on at that time of my life was the hardest things. Seeing it on paper makes it all seem to real. At that time my mental health was quite good and the days were more up and down then all down. I managed to write a whole year of my feelings and day's. I stopped because my mental health had reached a point of destruction so seeing what was in the book made things 10x worse. I had hid it and didn't ever want to see it again.  Over the couple of years my mental health had improved slightly and I went back to it. But that soon stopped once again. Being a young adult I didn't want to make time for writing down my feelings in a little book. I'm 23 years old now and I've just started it back up. I'm not in the best places regards of Mental Health but I think that writing what's good and what's bad will help me document my recovery process.

Journaling your mental health can either be a really good thing or a thing that will make things worse. I think I'm in between. It can be really good for me but it can also make things much worse for me. Writing down things that are so hard to talk about can be traumatic.

What I do now. I don't write my my  past down. Each day is new and each day brings different challenges and that's what I put down. I think focusing on the good things can also help. I know that not everyone has amazing things in there life's and that includes me. But I do have things in my life that make me smile and feel loved so that's what I focus on and sometimes that outweighs the bad.

I hope I can keep journaling through out my recovery process. The BAD and the GOOD.

Do you keep a mental health diary. Does it help you. Let me know your thoughts.


  1. Hi Amy - great post and good for you for bringing up this issue. I started seeing a therapist last year for my anxiety disorder and depression, and I was also told to keep a diary (to note what I was feeling anxious about, think of the REAL reasons I was worrying and the HYPOTHETICAL reasons I was worrying, figure out if it was a real worry or a hypothetical worry, come up with a solution, that kind of thing).

    I must admit, I was very much like you and mixed with my experience. Some days it upset me to even read back on the reasons I had felt down. I stopped keeping that diary.

    However, I have since invested in something called the Happiness Planner and have found this helps me to take a positive outlook on life. The Happiness Planner encourages you to plan for the months and year ahead, so to focus on the positives rather than the negatives, and then to fill in some questions each day as a review of how the day went and how you've been feeling (e.g. good things about today, to do list, what I hope for tomorrow, etc.). Some days I write 'nothing' in the question about good things about the day, particularly when I am feeling down, but other days it really helps me to see that there are so many things in life to be happy about than not.

    Overall I think it's a great idea to keep a diary or record of how you feel. The benefits definitely outweigh the negatives.

    L x