21 Jan Journal January
As we head into 2021, we encourage you to set intentions for things you would like to accomplish. For 2021, our tips of the month will focus on one task that you can try to incorporate throughout the month for yourself. We’ll give you an idea as to what to do and some tips as to how to start.
For January, we’re encouraging you to journal. Journaling has been shown to have a lot of benefits for one’s mental health.
- STRESS REDUCTION — Putting your thoughts on paper can help with stress management. Often, when we keep our anxious or stressful thoughts in our heads, they get bigger, feel more unmanageable and shut us down. Writing things down provides an important perspective and allows you to work toward problem-solving those challenging situations.
- MOOD BOOSTING — Often, the act of journaling helps you to see the good, which is often hard to observe when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just the act of writing it down can help increase your mood.
- STRENGTHENS EMOTION REGULATION — As you make journaling a habit, you’ll begin to notice patterns that occur in your life and can begin to prep for them prior to them happening. This taps into your ability to regulate your emotions effectively, which can help prevent you from being impulsive or acting in ways you may later regret. Overall, journaling provides time to be mindful, reflective and to help build self-confidence and self-awareness.
As with building all new habits, knowing how to start can be overwhelming. Start small and build up. Maybe, it’s just one line a day in a notebook. Maybe, it’s a few times a week rather than every day. Do what works for you. Just see how it feels to Journal in January.
Authored by: Dr. Jennifer Hartstein