Using Journal Writing as a Key to Good Mental Health

It’s been said journal writing is a key to good mental health. Perhaps, that’s quite true. It’s certainly true organizing one’s thoughts into some comprehensible, visible form certainly does some good. Then, it’s just a matter of if what becomes visible as the words come together is actually comprehensible.

Sometimes, the words just don’t come together. Some thoughts seem beyond putting into words. It is as if no words could possibly convey the thought adequately enough. Why even bother trying to build a structure of clumsy words and restricting grammar around it?

It’s even more difficult when you have to throw rationality out the window and deal with purely emotional thoughts. You may have thoughts profound and powerful overwhelming your rational mind to the point that you can’t even think straight anymore. 

It certainly does help when you finally find the words to at least convey some small part of any of your irrational emotional baggage in a concise, yet beautiful manner. You tell yourself that it will do you really next to no good. But, emotions are funny, often fickle things. At least the effort of expression, whenever it is somehow successful, can bring some sort of feeling of relief.

It’s simply not always possible to rationalize everything. Sometimes, you just feel the way you feel, and that’s how it is. There are times that you’ll have an overwhelming emotional download, and you just won’t be able to stop it. I have found that journal writing is sometimes the only place for this overload to go. I know I’ve been better for it.

Are you a regular journal writer?

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.

7 thoughts on “Using Journal Writing as a Key to Good Mental Health

  1. I totally agree with you!! I’ve used journals in the past to jot my thoughts down. This is so much better to get things off your mind without having to rant to people. You can also be real with yourself too in the process. I keep a work journal right now for this same purpose 🙂

    Nancy ✨

    1. Thanks, Nancy! Yes, a work journal is a great idea! Honestly, I should probably keep better track of my professional life and not simply my private ramblings 😛

  2. Yes I blog daily sometimes twice a day! It helps me to sort out my feelings and keep in tune with head I need and what’s happening around me and to me

    1. Twice a day is what I’m aiming for, too! I write so much and have such a reservoir of old posts I’m still rehashing so I hope to keep the two a day train going for awhile! Hope you’re doing awesome, Toi!

  3. I’ve been keeping journals for years, although one caveat I would offer is that someone who is having real issues, for example with depression, should be careful because it can turn into unproductive–or even dangerous–rumination. This happened to me when I would fill notebooks tearing myself down. It got me absolutely nowhere and I made no progress in anything, be it life or writing. When I got help, though, I was able to use my journals in a much more positive and productive way because I set limits on negativity and was more conscious of whether what I am putting on the page is helpful or harmful. A simple gratitude journal is immensely helpful in conjunction with a writing journal. Just my 2 little cents.

    1. Thanks for the very thoughtful comment, Hetty! You’re absolutely right that journal writing CAN lead to unproductive rumination. That happened to me in my teens. Fortunately I got turned on to poetry which solved some of that. I also had some really good teachers who taught me how to use journals more effectively:) I’m glad you were able to get that type of assistance too <3

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