Journaling to Process Anxiety
When you think of journaling, chronicling your day or exciting events usually comes to mind. Daily details, special occasions, defining moments in your life. Capturing daily life on a page has been part of human life for centuries, and is especially critical in 2020. Taking time to digest events is important, though it may seem overwhelming and you may want to ignore the source of your anxiety (Somarriba, 2020).
Journaling gives you the ability to record thoughts, feelings, and events unfiltered, and to see things at a distance. Writing thoughts helps avoid unproductive circles of anxiety, further reducing the negative effects of stress (Somarriba 2020). It allows you to take the time and separate the anxiety or stressful moments from yourself to get perspective and process, transferring it from the internal to the external– a.k.a. introspection. Introspection is being able to take an objective look at yourself and the events you experience to gain insight into the truth and what may be a source of anxiety.
Taking the time to stop and write–to stop and to reflect on your writing–is about removing yourself from the busyness and the distractions of life for a moment in order to address what is going on inside and in the world around you. Through journaling, you’re able to find meaning in connecting and contributing to something bigger than yourself (Somarriba 2020). Journaling in the moment can provide relief and be a powerful tool in the future for you to see more meaning in a situation, possibly even with gratitude.
While journaling might not fix all your worries and anxieties, it’s a way to express what you might be repressing and help heal hurt. The Love Story believes in channeling pain into passion through creative journaling, so we have resources and ways for you to transform your tragedy.