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Some Emotional Benefits of Journaling and Writing for Wellbeing


a journal near flowers

This Mental Health Awareness Week, I've been asking people about their journaling habits and how they use writing to support their emotional health and mental wellbeing.


It's been great to hear how journaling has helped so many of you, and here are a few of the first reasons that come to my mind when thinking about writing for wellbeing and mental health.




Benefits can include:


๐Ÿค Reduced stress and lower heart rate from creating time to sit calmly, slow down, and self-reflect.


๐Ÿค Increased 'clarity of thinking' - I wasn't sure how to phrase this one, but fellow journalers will know that writing down thoughts and feelings from a busy mind can help to create clarity, organisation and perspective.


๐Ÿค Direction and guidance towards goals or intentions set during your writing practice. Almost like a self-created set of instructions. Accountability is also a big part of this - doing what you've said (written) that you'll do.


๐Ÿค Deeper personal insights gained from writing in a flow-state or fluid freewrite. Tap into the creative subconscious and reflect on what's going on for you under the surface.


๐Ÿค Communication and Connection - I love writing for myself, but I also love sharing writing in wellbeing workshops, as well as here on social media. We open up in a way that might feel scarier to do with our audible voices.


These are just a few of the ways in which writing can help us with our emotional awareness, and each person will benefit differently from their creative play and storytelling. If you've never tried journaling before but would like to start, there are lots of prompt books out there. That's exactly why I wanted to make the Blue & You Journal, so that I could share writing for wellbeing with more people than could attend my workshops.




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