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How Journal Writing Helps Your Emotional Health

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The 2019 Journalist Event talked about the present and future of journalism, highlighting how the press’ resilience and cunning had made them more durable over the years. Journalism, particularly in written form, had kept people informed, especially when there were no radios or televisions yet. Writing, in general, has continuously fed our minds with new information and knowledge. And it also had an impact on our emotional well-being, primarily when we write in our journals.

These are the positive effects of journal writing on your emotional health.

Gives A Clearer Understanding Of Self
The primary benefit of journal writing is a deeper understanding of the self. When you write about your day-to-day lives, or of the highlights of your days, you write about what you sense in your surroundings and how it affects you. In the long run, your journals will start to reflect on what is vital for you and what concerns you negatively and positively.

Journal writing also lets you look at yourself from the outside, as if you are a stranger to yourself. Because of this, you will start to become more mindful of how your actions and words affect other people, making you more empathetic towards the people around you.

Identifies Unhealthy Emotions And Its Triggers
When you develop more awareness of your emotions, you will also start to understand what triggers positive feelings like happiness and calmness, and the negative emotions like sadness and anger. Knowing and understanding how your surroundings affect you can help you have control over yourself. You may now be able to avoid or face the triggers that cause your depression or anxiety. 

Also, awareness of these negative triggers can help you devise a solution whenever the emotions hit you. Like for example, what you need to do when anxiety strikes, or when you start to feel alone.

Reduces Stress And Anxiety

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Journal writing also allows you to release your negative thoughts, therefore easing the burden that accompanies them. Research has shown that writing down the negative emotions gives room for a positive mindset. Positivity happens because you become in control of what you’re feeling, and you feel like writing them down is akin to letting them go.

Also, as journaling makes you aware of your triggers, you will be able to reduce stress and anxiety; therefore, be able to avoid them too.

Makes Sense Of The Future
Not only does journal writing affect your present, but it can also shape your future. Since it gives you a better understanding of yourself, you will learn how to change your future positively. If, for example, you notice that you tend to be mad at people, becoming aware of this will help you develop a game plan in the future should you aim to have more friends or to find a partner.

Also, jotting down life events can help clarify your memories, therefore giving you a more definite sense of why things happen in your life. And ultimately, how you can become a better you.

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Journal writing is a useful tool in preserving memories, knowing yourself, and managing and controlling your emotions. It is also not costly; you need a notebook and a pen and your set to go!