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Thought and mood journaling are underestimated tools that you can use to improve your mental health. Keeping a detailed log of your thoughts and feelings can be invaluable to understanding yourself and your mental health, and is one of the best ways you can deal with negative thoughts, feelings, and anxiety.
In this article, we’ll take a quick look at 3 of the ways that thought and mood journaling can improve your mental health.
1. You Can See Your Progress
You can’t track what you can’t see. Do you feel better now than you did a month ago? Are you less anxious? Less depressed? The chances are that you aren’t even sure – because you don’t have any way in which you can understand your mental state from a month ago.
Writing down your thoughts and your emotions in a journal can be extremely helpful – whether you think your mental state is improving or deteriorating, understanding your past thoughts and attitudes can help you get a more objective picture of your overall mental health.
2. You Can Let Yourself Go On The Page
Catharsis is critical to a healthy mind – and often, we hold on to grudges, thoughts, and negative feelings deep within ourselves, never letting them out.
A thought or mood journal can help you get rid of these negative emotions by finally expressing them. By directing your thoughts at your journal, you can think through your negative thoughts and feelings, and rid yourself of them by writing them down. You don’t have to censor yourself – you can truly write whatever you feel and believe, without worrying about repercussions.
This is a healthy way to deal with your negative thoughts and emotions, and avoid erupting onto someone because of all of the negative energy within yourself.
3. You Can Learn More About Yourself
Keeping a record of your thoughts, mood, and feelings allows you to learn more about yourself, and the act of writing down what you’re feeling can often lead to surprising discoveries about yourself that you can use in your mental wellness journey.
Analyzing your records to understand yourself can also lead to some surprising realizations about what’s causing your poor moods or bad feelings – maybe you consistently write angrily after coming home from work, or after seeing a specific person. Learning this kind of information makes it easier for you to understand your emotional state, and improves your mental health and wellbeing.
Talk About Your Mood Or Thought Journal On Paralign
Discussing your mood journal or your thought journal with somebody else can also be very helpful – and Paralign offers you a way to do so, totally anonymously and judgement-free. You can meet like minded individuals who are also keeping mood journals or thought journals, and discuss your findings with them.