It's no secret that life can be stressful. Juggling work, family, and social obligations can leave us feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. But there's a simple activity that can help us find a sense of calm amidst the chaos: journaling.
For centuries, people have used journaling as a way to process their thoughts and emotions. Writing down our thoughts can help us to make sense of them and can be a powerful tool for stress relief.
There are no rules when it comes to journaling, so you can approach it in whatever way works best for you. Some people like to write stream-of-consciousness style, while others prefer to answer specific questions or prompts. There's no right or wrong way to do it.
If you're not sure where to start, try writing about what's causing you stress. What are your worries and fears? What are the things that are most on your mind? Just getting your thoughts down on paper can help to lessen their power over you. If writing isn't your thing, we've added the ability to journal by adding attachments or even recording audio - so you can verbalize your feelings.
You can also use journaling to brainstorm solutions to your problems. Write down your goals and brainstorm actionable steps you can take to reach them. This can help to reduce stress by giving you a sense of control over what you can control.
Looking to start a digital journal? Checkout the haley app for daily journaling and tracking the emotions you are feeling.