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Does anyone write a journal?

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  1. RayneFall

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    Ive read around that writing a journal helps with depression/anxiety and wanted to know if it helps?

    What exactly do you write in it and do you think it helps you?

    Because when i was seeing a therapist, he reccommended that i do this thing called an activity diary where i write down one thing i did every 2 hours and rate the mood i was in, achievement i felt, closeness with others (If there was), and the enjoyment i felt.

    And i was thinking this is similar to writing in journals. I'm not sure if this actiivity diary is helping but it idoes give me something else to do each day I guess.

    Just wanted to know your thoughts
     
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    Yes, I do. I've been doing it for over 12 years.

    Up until recently I haven't written every day. Indeed during the good times - before my partner died this February - months would go by without any new entries. My life was too busy and, well, too wonderful, to spend much time on it. Since February I've written nearly every day, logging my feelings and thoughts and fears as this extraordinary, traumatic year has unfolded. It's definitely helped me, no question.

    I'm a journalist by trade so there's always a vague notion that I might use this year's entries for...something, at some point. I'd have to have some distance and be in a better shape mentally before I can even start to think about that though..

    Beth
     
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    When I was in therapy, my therapist also recommended it and at the time it did not make me feel better.

    I've also tried an app -basically a word bank where you choose what you are feeling and what you did . Then it can give you the trends if something or certain times of day are linked with certain moods.

    Now I blog when I'm in a mood. Its not a regular thing, but helps when I do :slight_smile:
     
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    I just started a journal yesterday. I mainly want to use it to keep track of my emotions, anxiety, depression, etc, and see if I can find any common elements, patterns, triggers. It may also serve as a creative output, a way of honing my writing skills, and hopefully relieve my anxiety and depression, but we'll see.
     
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    When I was seeing a therapist she suggested doing the journal thing but make sure I wrote down at least one good thing about the day no matter how small it was. And while it took a little bit, that did kind of help me keep a slightly more positive outlook.
     
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    They can be useful for some people, but not everyone as we don't all experience depression and/or anxiety in the same way. It's certainly worth a try though.

    The process of writing our innermost thoughts to paper acts as a kind of release and reordering process and some people with depression and anxiety experience a kind of catharsis in letting it all out. It can also be useful to read back and reflect on your notes to see if things have changed and how they have changed - a kind of progress monitoring.
     
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    I keep a journal. I usually just write about what is bothering me. Sometimes it just helps to get it out and also sometimes it will help me realize common topics I journaled about that I can bring up with my therapist. As Patrick said it's good to see how things change too. I still have a journal from ten years ago that I kept while I was an inpatient at a psychiatric hospital. It's good to see I am doing much better now.
     
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    When do you all write in your journals? As soon as you have something to say? Whenever you're feeling stressed/ anxious. depressed, etc? Or is there a specific time? Like, I'm very into having a routine, so I've been writing at the end of the day, before bed.
     
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    I usually write as soon as I can after something comes up. But having a routine is good too, like a daily check-in could be beneficial.
     
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    Usually late at night for me. Or during the day when I'm extremely stressed and need to get it all out.