The holidays can stir up a lot of emotions inside us. Whether we’re overly stressed, missing loved ones who are gone or can’t be with us, or excited and overwhelmed at all that’s on the horizon, it’s healthy to recognize those emotions.
Journaling is a method of recording your thoughts, experiences and emotions. And there are many benefits of keeping a journal, especially during the holidays. Journaling can serve as a healthy outlet in which you can open up about yourself (in a private way) and explore the thoughts and feelings that surround everything going on in your life.
Another benefit of journaling is “dropping in” on yourself, and measuring or tracking your progress. According to the Mental Health America website, whether you’re managing a new situation, coping with a crisis, or just trying to have a better understanding of yourself, journaling can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health. Clearly, the benefits of journaling outweigh the time it may take to do it.
When it comes to keeping a journal, there are no rules. Journaling is your own private arena to discuss whatever you want. Try these tips to get started this holiday season:
The benefits of keeping a journal cannot be expressed enough. Journaling can be a powerful tool that helps you take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, actions, and ultimately, your physical health.
Instead of being weighed down by your emotions, try journaling to help you handle this holiday season. You’ll be healthier — and happier — for it.
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