Journal Writing: Relieve Stress Without the Pill

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Journal Writing Is Stressful

​How Can Journal Writing Relieve Stress?

Stress can harm your health, work, finances and relationships.

If you live under stress, you’re not alone. Everyone encounters stress. All sorts. In different intensities. Everytime.

A proven way to reduce stress is by journal writing, using a stress management journal, or whatever you want to call it.

Unknown to you, journal writing is a complex set of processes. It involves:

  • Acknowledging that you are under stress
  • Identifying your source of stress
  • Analyzing the underlying reasons for your stress
  • Defining possible solutions
  • Deciding on steps to resolve your stress.

Each of them could stress you out; however, as you release your pent up emotions, you start to calm down.

You achieve clarity and soon, journaling becomes a pleasurable and cathartic experience.

Benefits of Journaling

Turn to Your Stress Management Journal for Help

How can keeping a stress journal help you?

The key is getting down your feelings and thoughts on paper, which can drain out your energy.

Why is that?

The various journaling processes take so much of you yet gives back, too.

By keeping a stress management journal, you are able to:

  • Identify hidden sources of stress in your life
  • Make sense of a situation
  • See things from a different angle or perspective
  • Spot patterns of stress over time
  • Relieve tension by expressing your thoughts and feelings
  • Release aggression
  • Experience calm and relaxation
  • Find solutions to problems
  • Be able to let go of stressors
  • Develop positive attitude, mood, and lifestyle
  • Develop an effective long term stress management plan
  • Take life easy.

Journal Writing Prompts

​Your Guide to Release Pent Up Emotions and Relieve Stress

Each time you are stressed, turn to your journal.

Ask yourself these:

  • Is there a situation that stresses you out or wears you down?
  • What could be causing it?
  • What is aggravating it?
  • Who are the people that affects or influences it?
  • What hidden or underlying reasons do you think cause or allow it to happen?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • How did you respond to the stressful event or situation?
  • What do you think of it?
  • How would you deal with it?
  • How can you solve it?
  • What would be your next step to address it?

Record your answers.

Then, categorize your stress into two things: Those that you have control of and those that you don’t.

Resolve to let go of the things that you can’t control. Strive to change the things that you can. Plan out your actions, take action and keep going.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~Reinhold Niebuhr

How to Journal for Stress Relief

Helpful Tips to Get the Most from Journal Writing

Take these simple journal writing steps to relieve your stress:

  • Record your thoughts, feelings, insights, plans as fast as you can or as slow as you want to.
  • Write a graphic or obscene letter on paper.
  • Be as detailed as possible.
  • Destroy what you wrote if you don’t feel like keeping them.
  • Write without inhibition, as if not a soul would peek on it.
  • Schedule time to write in your journal.
  • Make sure that you journal everyday.

Do these regularly. You would soon have clarity and be able to face each day with a smile.

​All that through no-sweat (though possibly tearful) journal writing!


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