That might be a teeny bit dramatic, but when I was going through my depression journey, writing in a journal became a Godsend.
As silly as it might sound, it really does help. And here is why. Journaling is a way for you to express yourself completely and you can 100% true to yourself. It did take me a while to understand how to journal the right way, but once I realized how therapeutic it could be, I was sold.
It might not seem like you are helping yourself while you are writing, but you will notice how much better you feel after you journal.
I started journaling when I was in therapy. My therapist suggested that I start to journal as much as I could and in our sessions, we would discuss things that I had journaled about. This was such a fantastic way to help me figure out where the issues were. How is that possible? I would realize huge life lessons as I was writing. I was still able to talk to my therapist, but I was able to come to certain conclusions on my own.
Annoyed with my vague description? Yea, me too. Here’s a real example:
In my journal, I was trying to figure out when I started to feel depressed. I felt like this was an important thing to know in my recovery. As I was writing, I realized when the depression started. I found out that it started in high school and really came to a head when I was in college and my college roommate left school. That was a blow I wasn’t prepared for (she suddenly left after fall semester our junior year) and I just couldn’t handle it. Even though I wasn’t diagnosed with depression back then, I do believe that is when it started.
If it weren’t for me writing in my journal, I don’t know if I would have figured that out. And what a huge relief! Being able to figure out where my depression started really helped me through my recovery.
How has journaling helped you?
I love Ashley so much. She is a fantastic blogger who has really found her footing in this blogging community. Her post about losing her dog brought me to tears. You can feel her love for Scooby through her writing and it made me want to write a post about losing my childhood dog. I can’t even imagine trying to have the courage to write that post.
Besides that, Ashley also has a great post for new bloggers and how to create a blog button. Who doesn’t need a refresher for how to create a button? I know I haven’t created a blog button in a few years, so this tutorial is so helpful! Oh and I have to mention the amazing recipe she posted for some Ooey Gooey Bars. I will be making these after my wedding, for sure! They look delicious.
Go visit her blog. Do it now! She truly is so fantastic.