Keeping a journal for anxiety relief is one of the best things you can do to support yourself if you experience symptoms. But how to optimize what you are doing for the best outcomes? Find out in this article.
Keeping a journal for anxiety relief is one of the easiest and yet most powerful things you can do to help yourself if you experience anxiety symptoms.
When I was young, in my teens and early twenties, I had a lot of anxiety.
I was stuck in self doubt, questioning everything I was doing and saying. I was afraid of social interaction and often hid away avoiding people for weeks at a time.
It was a difficult time.
Keeping a journal for anxiety helped me keep my sanity. In my journals, I could reflect on all the stuff that was going around in my head and in my emotions.
I have kept these journals, they live in a box in my bookshelf. I have held on to them as precious reminders of how far I have come.
These days, I pride myself on being anxiety free- and I help my clients achieve the same in an ultra short therapy programme.
Journaling daily helped turn things around for me. It helped me understand who I am and that the symptoms I was experiencing were just something I was going through. They were not me- did not define me.
Back then, I worked with journals that had nothing but blank pages.
I had no structure and much was in the dark. I had to find out through trial and error what worked for me and what didn't.
But you don't have to do this the hard way because I have prepared journals for you!
Two things were missing in my journaling experience back in the day.
Firstly, I was missing a structure. I used to write about anything that was on my mind at the time, not understanding that in order to down regulate anxiety, you must look at your emotional defense system in a more targeted way.
I was also lacking an understanding of how to build resilience. That's why my journey took a long time- yours doesn't have to. I have paved the way for keeping a journal for anxiety relief.
The first one "Goodbye Anxiety" A Journal with Prompts for Anxiety Relief, comes in three volumes. Each volume has 253 pages offering you two pages per day.
It offers one page for daily check ins with the same daily prompts, and one page either for writing down insights you are learning about yourself, or for reflecting on the affirmation you choose for that day, from a list of 122 affirmations for anxiety relief per volume.
These affirmations for anxiety relief help to nurture your brain and to give you a mantra for your day. As you reflect on them, you are prompted to develop a better relationship with yourself.
The second type of journal "Farewell Anxiety" Journal and Workbook with Prompts for Anxiety Relief, has 262 pages and gives you two pages per day, designed to reflect on one of 122 writing prompts for anxiety relief.
These writing prompts invite self reflection on a range of issues that are important to examine when you struggle with anxiety. They also help to build a good relationship with yourself, improve your emotional resources and develop a positive outlook.
I hope my journals will be good companions for you when keeping a journal for anxiety relief.