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How Journaling Can Benefit You If You’re Depressed

Introduction

Are you feeling depressed? Are you sleeping less than normal or sleeping more than usual? Is your appetite increased or decreased? Are you feeling hopeless? These are all signs of depression. If you feel this way, have you ever considered journaling as a coping mechanism to handle these symptoms associated with depression. You may ask why is journaling a good coping mechanism to use to handle the symptoms associated with depression. This article will describe just this. For instance, journaling enables someone who is depressed to express their thoughts and feelings in a productive manner, as well as become more aware of who they are.

Expression Of Thoughts And Feelings In A Productive Manner

When you are depressed do you find that you either become really emotional or ruminate over tough circumstances? Either way, journaling can help alleviate these symptoms you are experiencing. For example, journaling can help someone who is depressed to express their thoughts and feelings in a productive manner. No one has to see what you are writing. Simply stated, you can freely write what you are thinking and feeling and achieve a state of balance.

The Development Of A Better Awareness Of Who You Are As A Person

In addition to expressing your thoughts and feelings in a productive manner through journaling while your are depressed, journaling can also help someone who is depressed to become more aware of who they are as a person. When you journal, you learn information about yourself that you would not have thought to think about and recollect on. You learn new things about yourself, which leads to a better idea of who you are as a person. This, in return, enables you to develop a better awareness of who you are as a person and more importantly become less depressed, as a result.

Conclusion

Expressing your thoughts and feelings in a productive manner and becoming more aware of who you are as a person are just two benefits of journaling, while you are depressed. However, they are two important benefits of journaling while you are depressed. If you simply cry or ruminate over your thoughts and feelings, you are not going to have a positive impact on your daily life. On a further note, if you do not know who you are as a person your self-confidence is going to be lacking, and this can lead to depression.

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How Journaling Can Benefit You If You’re Depressed


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). How Journaling Can Benefit You If You’re Depressed. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/03/how-journaling-can-benefit-you-if-youre-depressed/

 

Last updated: 13 Mar 2016
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