Managing Anxiety Through Journaling

It can be difficult to understand anxiety, because it affects everyone differently. Anxiety over something that happened isn’t necessarily a trigger, for some of us, anxiety just happens for no reason at all. It doesn’t matter why, or how it takes over our well being, because we can’t change that. But we absolutely can learn how to manage it. Haven’t found a way to chase your anxiety away yet?

I can’t speak for everybody, but for me, keeping my mind busy is the most helpful tool for managing anxiety. Letting go of negative thoughts is not easy to do, actually it’s really hard, but there’s something I want you to remember. The things we worry about are usually things that haven’t actually happened. I can’t think of one good reason to worry about something that may never happen. Can you?

Anxiety is anxiety, and for whatever reason, it exists and I think we can all agree it can have a negative affect on our quality of life. So let’s turn those negative thoughts into positive ones! I know you’re thinking how difficult that is, but it’s easier than you think. The simple answer to managing anxiety is to learn how to occupy your mind with something else.  Something you’re passionate about, something that will automatically keep your mind so busy that you won’t have to keep reminding yourself to redirect those negative thoughts.

There’s a ton of things we’ve been made aware of to manage anxiety, like meditation, reading, puzzles, etc; and yes, I find those suggestions helpful…. but not especially rewarding. Now that we’re all trying to stay safe at home, it’s even harder to keep our mind busy, but I have an idea that may help you. Are you ready to learn something new? Are you interested in exploring your creative side a little, or a lot?  Here’s a few ideas to help you overcome worry and anxiety by creating your very own personalized journal.

What is Journaling?

Definition: Journaling is simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. And if you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal is a great idea. It can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.

You don’t have to be an artist or a writer to be successful at journaling. A million different kinds of blank Journals are available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or even Amazon. To learn a ton of cool journaling techniques, check out Pinterest for ideas on how to draw doodles, learning creative layouts, ways to make calendars, etc. The kind of journal you want to create is up to you. I use journaling simply to keep my mind busy, what I put in it varies from day to day. My rule is NO RULE.

Getting Started With the Right Tools

Personally, I use a sketch book with multi-media paper because I like to use watercolor brush pens or markers, & I don’t want them to bleed through the paper. I like Tombow Dual Brush Pens from Amazon, but any brand will do just fine. For a drawing pen, I use a Micron 05, also available at craft stores or on Amazon. My favorite sketch book with multi-media paper for Journaling, purchased at Michael’s for $6.99.

If you just want to write down your thoughts, get yourself a good pen, something you enjoy writing with. My favorite writing pen is the Uni-ball Signo 207, it’s nothing special, just writes nice and smooth, and it’s inexpensive.

Create Your Journal Any Way You Like

Here’s a page from my Journal, I hope it will give you some ideas on how to start your own. I usually do one page at a time, sometimes I don’t do a page at all. This page is started, I usually finish it by adding the weather data, my fitness results, and activities I did on that day. It’s not important to me that I create a page every day, I like to work on my journal because I want to, not because I have to.

Here’s Some Ideas to get you Started


Journaling is a Great Tool for Coping With Anxiety

Elizabeth Scott, MS | verywellmind

Journaling is a highly recommended stress management tool. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of journaling for health, happiness, and stress management. It’s not just a simple technique but an enjoyable one.

There are many ways to journal and few limitations on who can benefit. You can add a journaling habit to your life whether you journal daily, weekly, or on an as-needed basis when stress gets to be too intense. Continue Reading

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