By: Shekeitha L. Jeffries, Assistant Director of Student Life
Did you know that journaling can help you live a more productive and healthier life? According to an article published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), journaling is one the most recommended tools to help manage mental illness. Journaling can help you clarify your thoughts and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. While journaling cannot solve your problems, it can help you work through anxiety and stress, as you navigate your personal and academic journey.
There is no right or wrong way to journal, and you can begin today! Here are a few strategies to help you get started:
- Determine a method that is best for you. You can journal in a notebook, an online app such as penzu or you can start a blog in which you share your personal thoughts with others. Not sure which one will work for you? Test the waters and try different options, to figure out which method will work for you and your personal style.
- Be consistent. Find time to journal daily and make a commitment to follow through. Set aside time in the morning or evening to journal and do your best to limit distractions. There will be days that you may not be able to write, but that’s okay. Regroup and keep going.
- Don’t worry about what you should write about. There are no rules, when it comes to journaling. You can write about whatever you want, as you are the chief editor. Your journal can include notes about academic accomplishments, personal challenges, positive affirmations and future goals. If you get stuck, feel free to use writing prompts for inspiration.
It is important to remain aware of your emotional state during challenging times. Although journaling is simple, it is an effective way to help you cope and alleviate stress. You can create a gratitude journal, a prayer journal, bullet journal, or a dream journal: its totally up to you! To learn more about how you can journal through your journey, click here.