Why you should keep a diary — to stay on track with
your mental health.
Writing diaries is a time-consuming activity where you are the first to remember where you wrote about your first kiss and didn’t dare to share it with anyone. It’s just like a secret covenant with yourself, where you write down your dreams that you sometimes don’t want or can’t share that belongs only to you.
You ask me I’m already an adult. And I’ve grown out of this kind of activity for kids. Everything is right. No one expects you to write a diary-like a child. This activity I am talking about has a much deeper meaning and has also been scientifically proven beneficial to your mental health.
Some people may think that a diary is only for recording everyday life. But usually, it’s something more. Science has proven that keeping a journal is immeasurable for your mental health because it helps you process events, evoke emotions, sharpen your mind, and even stimulate creativity.
In a new study distributed in the journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, researchers found that writing three to five times a 15-minute session was enough to help participants cope with emotional and even traumatic events. But it is not enough to write about events. How you write about them is also essential.
In the second study, researchers asked associates to write about one of three things. One group focused on how they felt regarding a stressful situation. The second group wrote about the thoughts and feelings they had when dealing with stress in told the third group to write about factual, emotional events in the media.
Those who wrote only about their emotions suffered more. That was perhaps because they focused on their negative emotions as they wrote.
However, research shows that writing down these negative thoughts is preferable to keep them inside. Even writing down negative thoughts prevents you from avoiding them, which is related to helping you cope more effectively with stress. Prevention is a huge problem in dealing with trauma. According to Kitty Klein, a researcher at the University of North Carolina, “if you have a traumatic or stressful event, your ability to pay attention and focus on the stressors of life is not what it should be.”
Writing in a journal benefits you focus on the problem at hand, making sure you don’t bottle everything inside.
How it helps
Even if you don’t have a stressful period, regular diary writing is still a helpful tool. Instead of processing emotions and thoughts, you can use a diary to recall your achievements and mistakes. While this may seem like a record for all worldly details, such as your new dishwasher or meeting at work, you will have a unique perspective on your day when you return to it later. Then you can start re-evaluating where you are and where you came from and where you go.
Putting a pen on paper is a cathartic and private way to deal with the stress of your daily life, whatever it may be. When you keep a diary, you can approach and release the anxiety that you own. Using a journal enables you to process your emotions in a safe and secure place.
Ultimately, keeping a diary allows you to relive the day or week’s events with perspective, which is a unique tool for dealing with difficult things.
How to start keeping a diary.
1. Cleanse your senses
Taking notes during the day is a great way to clear your mind. You can write down what happened and how you felt about it, and then you don’t have to hold those images in your head anymore.
You are writing things down and sharing them with a friend because you can take them off your shoulders like a significant burden of worry that you can’t carry or need.
Sometimes writing is even better because you can be sincere without worrying about what the other person thinks of you. When you register, then the main thing you should keep in mind here is no rules and no spacing signs. Write as if even the filth does include it. You can get away with it, and it will get easier.
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2. Improve mental health
Writing in a diary is an excellent way to relieve stress and improve your mental health because, as mentioned above, your mind is clear.
You don’t have too many thoughts running around in your head because you’ve let them go on paper. Studies have shown that even writing on a stressful topic for 15-20 minutes leads to significantly better physical and psychological results.
That is where you can calmly write about things you do to others with as much criticism as it takes. And glorify yourself to a rock star level, which is also a perfect sign if you can feel that way, then you are taken away from stress, and your life is getting better and better.
I feel like a rock star. This feeling in itself is perfect and elevating that scientists and psychologists call it just that, Feel like a rock star. A psychological expression means that if you are the best of the best, others will recognize you, this feeling must come from within, and others will look at you with a better look. Anyone could use this trick from time to time to feel subconscious as a Rock Star.
3. Increase creativity
You don’t have to keep a sincere record of what happened every day or how you felt when something happened. Keeping a diary means you have the freedom to write what you want, how you want.
Hey, you don’t even have to write! Draw sketches. Write in a secret language that you have come up with yourself, or add photos and souvenirs of things that happen every day.
One thing I’ve noticed about myself that helps is another psychological trick. Each time you start, write in the upper left corner if you are using paper. The three things you did today that somehow moved you or made you feel good that you did and are proud of yourself. This little trick makes you feel like you are valuable and have accomplished something, even sometimes something small like garbage removal or cleaning.
When you write such things down, you immediately feel better.
4. Keep track of your life
Whether it’s for yourself or others, keeping a diary means keeping track of your life. If you write only for yourself, you can use the journal to review past mistakes and use them as reminders to stop doing the same things.
It would be good to remember that negative emotions and events do write in the past form. Positive even dreams and all kinds of pleasant emotion events do necessarily noted in the present document. Make you ask why the simple answer to this would be to leave the negativity behind and feel the positivity right now. The paper is a gigantic message carrier that remembers and also fulfills your wishes later.
You can make a positive difference by writing down the highlights of your day so you can remember good things. If you are writing to others, such as siblings or children, you can write an autobiography so that your stories do not die with you.
5. Taking responsibility
Regular writing is a great way to take responsibility for therapeutic writing and other characters of your life. It’s a fun practice to try to write simultaneously every day – either when you wake up for the first time and want to share your day’s hopes and dreams or at bedtime when you can write about everything that happened.
If you have been able to write regularly, you can apply this discipline and schedule structure to other aspects of your life. You will see benefits in various areas, but particularly in your work life, where your written expression can improve, and you will find it easier to complete writing-intensive projects.
How to start keeping a diary
Now that you understand some of the advantages of keeping a diary, I bet you already have an interest in starting your own.
Before you get excited, think about the following items and make sure you go to the blog the way that works for you.
1. Get a new notebook
That is my favorite part of creating a diary! I like to go to the bookstore or stationery store to see the different sizes of the available options on offer.
You may want to choose a regular spiral notebook so that the defined lines help keep your thoughts on track. Or maybe you want a beautiful book with leather-bound pages, which is my choice to inspire your creative ideas.
2. Sign up for a blog
Maybe you don’t want to get stuck in a notebook at all. In this case, a blog may be the best way for you to follow your thoughts. Many different blog sites on the Internet are the most popular and easiest to use – WordPress and Blogger.
Please note that these sites are public, and people who know your name or email address can easily follow you. You can use a cover name or sign up for a privacy-controlled blogging platform, but it’s best to be careful with your network connection.
3. Download the application
You may want the freedom of a digital magazine, but you don’t want to post publicly to a blog. You don’t want to bother with a paper diary, but you already have a smartphone, so why not use it?
There are countless magazine apps for your smartphone, ranging from the look of an actual magazine to places where you can easily take notes.
4. Let your thoughts come loose
Once you have chosen your medium, let your thoughts set free. That is a place where you don’t need to censor yourself, so don’t get caught up in the idea of writing correctly. Write as the thoughts come, without editing.
No matter how you try to improve your writing skills, be careful when editing your diary. If you write a sentence and stop editing it, you will never be disappointed, and you will probably be disappointed.
Write everything down as it should, without thinking about how it sounds or what word might work better. That is the best way to get therapeutic benefits from diaries.
5. Do not specify instructions
You may want to rework the argument one day, but the next day you want to record some photos of your visit to your new art gallery.
You can even use a magazine to track your achievements at work or in your personal life and increase your self-esteem every time you review it!
The more freely you keep your diary, the more exciting it is to sit on it and work on it.
If you allow yourself to be creative and free, you are more likely to want to write every day, and not only will you have a fuller picture of your life and thoughts, but you will also feel better if you get all those thoughts out of your head and on paper!