Journaling to Help with Stress

Stress affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. Whatever reason you are stressed, congratulations for recognizing it and wanting to do something about it. Here are some excellent ways to journal to combat your stress.

Write Daily for 5 to 15 Minutes

The thing about journaling that is important is that you need to do it daily long term to work. It takes a lot of writing and insight to figure out why you’re dealing with stress and how to overcome it.

Write about Your Worries

Go straight to the problem and write about your worries. Describe your concerns from every angle you can come up with—the more descriptive, the better. Go back to the first time you felt this feeling regarding this topic so that you can get to the bottom of it.

Describe What’s Happening Now

Put what you did out of your mind, write precisely what is happening right now and where you stand with the issue causing your stress. If it’s generalized stress, try to make a list of things that might be contributing.

Document the Worst That Can Happen

As you look at the situation, one thing that often causes stress is the unknown, or the “worst thing” that you think can happen. Describe this worst thing but make it realistic. For example, don’t makeup something like an airplane falling on your wedding party. That isn’t realistic. However, bad weather, rude in-laws, and other issues may be.

Document the Best That Can Happen

Let’s get serious by thinking about and writing about the very best (realistic) outcome of the situation you’re stressing over. Include potential steps and tactics to achieve this best-case scenario so that you can see it to fruition if you so choose.

Document What Is Happening

As you are writing, be very careful to be realistic and honest above all else. Imagine the best and worst, ensure that you are also documenting the reality of what is happening to you. That way, you can narrow down identifying the stress-inducing situation.

Write a Counter-Argument to Yourself

An excellent way to overcome some stress about a situation is to argue with yourself. First, tell your story as a letter to yourself about what is happening. Then write a letter back to yourself in answer, discussing all the negativity and turning it into positivity. If your best friend wrote that, what would you say back?

Surprisingly, writing can accomplish so much, but you can achieve a lot if you go into journaling to help with stress under the right attitude and with a goal in mind. The important thing is that you need to be honest with yourself to find out the true causes of your stress. In this way, the actions you take to overcome them are practical.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

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