Life can feel unbearable when we are battling a storm. Emotions run high, and we feel stuck trying to solve problems that feel like moving mountains. You may be wondering, does journaling help relieve stress? Journaling is one of the most effective ways to create calm out of chaos and ease stress and anxiety, which is why therapists and life coaches recommend it.
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How does journaling help relieve stress in your life?
By giving a voice to your feelings- Journaling is an opportunity to express your true emotions without repercussions. It can feel like your journal is there to listen to you, which validates your experience. A journal provides a safe space to process your thoughts and feelings. It’s your sacred space to put into words anything on your mind, whether right, wrong or socially inappropriate. A journal is an excellent way to free yourself from excessive worrying.
By working your mind to solve problems- Studies prove that our minds endeavor to solve problems. The human psyche wants to find solutions. The best way to solve a problem is to approach it from different angles; journaling helps you do that. Journaling engages your creative brain, allowing you to see things from a new perspective. Through journal writing, you’ll make connections you might not otherwise make.
By helping you clarify the next step- As you journal and express your emotions on paper, your mind experiences a dopamine release, and you start to feel calm. You may even have an epiphany as ideas crystallize and possible next steps come into focus. Therefore, journaling can result in self-trust, more confidence, and peace of mind. You’ll either be focused on your next move or feel content about sitting still because you know you can weather the storms of life one day at a time through the process of connecting with your emotions by writing in a journal.
To use the power of journaling to help relieve stress in the midst of chaos, try these journaling prompts:
♡ If I could have this turn out anyway I wanted it to be, what would that look like?
♡ What good could come out of this?
♡ In five years, will this matter?
♡ Knowing God is bigger than all my problems, how can I let go and let God today?
♡ How can I let this strengthen me?
There is something healing and transformative about letting your thoughts and emotions flow onto the page and discovering that there is peace, calm, and clarity available to you even in the chaos of a storm.
By putting pen to paper, you’ll find inner strength in the storms of life when you discover how journaling helps relieve stress.
The American Institute of Stress reports that stress levels are at an all-time high due to factors such as inflation, the pandemic, supply-chain issues, and global uncertainty. Money-related stress is higher than it’s been in the last six years.
In this crazy, post-pandemic world, we must be more intentional about keeping our stress levels in check so we don’t compromise our physical and emotional well-being.
Studies show that journal writing is an excellent tool for reducing stress and anxiety and creating more calm.
Are you ready to create moments of bliss even if you’re too stressed, tired, or anxious?
Hello, I’m Patti! I’m a Christian Life & Money Coach, Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, Health Coach, writer, and former retirement planner. I’m also an award-winning co-author of She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith (Redemption Press), and prayer warrior, serving on the prayer team at my local church.
My mission is to provide inspiration, coaching, tools, and resources to help you claim all the goodness and abundance God has for you.