Nothing can replace professional help. Even when it comes to journaling, they can have great exercises, tips, and ways of helping you reduce your anxiety, so that will always be my top advice. So if you can, I would suggest speaking to someone with authority, which I do not have, I only have my own personal experience to share.
Here I will write just what has helped me in the past overcome some of my anxiety, hoping this can help you too.
Writing about your anxiety may not always be an easy task, but if it is something that you are willing to try, it can actually have great positive effects.
If you are not sure where to begin when writing about your anxiety, try first take a few moments to write about what you are currently feeling, and what is currently going on in your mind.
This is just to get you into the mindset of writing, to allow your mind to ease up a little bit before getting into the heavier stuff.
After that, start writing down the feelings you have that you call anxiety. Try to write what it causes you to actually feel, and try to start identifying the cause or origin of these feelings.
Now, try to actually think about the matter that is causing you anxiety. Write it down however it comes to you. Don't try to write it from the beginning, or from the end, just write what comes to your mind, and from there, start exploring.
Try to explore why you feel anxiety about what ever it is that is causing it. If you don't know what is causing it, that is fine, just write down what you think it is. Explore different thoughts about it, where it came from, what you fear could happen, and what ever else comes to your mind.
It is important though to not linger on the anxiety and to not keep writing the same things down. This could cause you to just stay in the cycle of continually thinking about negative things that are causing the anxiety. Try to write things down with the intention of letting them go and moving on. Allowing the negative thoughts, worries, and fears to pass. Don't try and fight them either, just let them come in to your mind, and out on to the paper.
Again, I am not a professional, this is just what I have done in the past to help me overcome anxiety.
Journaling is definitely not a waste of time. Especially if you are suffering from stress or anxiety.
Journaling may feel quite strange to do in the beginning, but all it really is, is you just writing down your thoughts. These could be thoughts on events of the past day, thoughts of the future, past, or present, feelings, or just your thoughts at that moment.
The reason it is not a waste of time is because it helps calm your mind down. It helps release negative emotions. Journaling can help reduce stress and anxiety by allowing you to process the things that are causing them. By processing them, and better understanding them and the cause of them, you are better able to get through them and let them go.
Journaling can be a very freeing exercise, as it allows you to express what is in your mind, letting it all out, while better understanding it.
Journaling allows you to slow your mind down and to better understand the thoughts that you are writing down. This can help deal with events that have occurred throughout your day, and can help reduce stress that could have built up from those events.
Many people have trouble falling asleep and getting a good night's sleep due to too much stress. It prevents them from sleeping by keeping their minds racing through thoughts and through the events that may have caused the stress. Even when they fall asleep, their sleep quality may be very low, they may even be having dreams about the matters that are causing the stress.
Since journaling can help reduce this stress, this could be a great activity to perform before bed, as it can help calm your mind down before getting into bed.
Journaling can be a great way to help deal with anxiety.
Many times, anxiety can occur due to overthinking things such as the future or the past, things that may happen in the future that we are worried about, or things that happened in the past that we believe may affect our future. What ever the reason for the anxiety is, our minds are not at ease. We are stressed out, pressured, and are just lacking a sense of inner calmness.
Though most people may live with anxiety, they may not always fully understand what that anxiety is, or where it is originating from. Journaling can help figure this out.
Journaling causes us to slow down in order to write down our thoughts. This slowed down pace causes us to thoroughly process and understand our thoughts much better than if we were to just think them as we do on a daily basis.
By journaling, you can get to the bottom of the fears and the reasons you are actually feeling your anxiety. This is because you will be spending more time on each thought, understanding it better, and processing it in a way that you can then realize things you have not been able to realize about them before.
Many times, when people journal about their anxieties, they get a surprising sense of realization, they realize what it is that is causing them the anxiety they are facing. By realizing it, they are also able to deal with it better, to find the source of the issue and to treat it. In many cases, people feel an instant relief from their anxiety and stress, they understand that what they are feeling, or the reason they are feeling it, are not actually important, or that the thing they fear actually is not real or cannot hurt them as they thought They realize that their fear, the source of their anxiety and stress, is not something that should actually cause them this anxiety and stress. But, without identifying it, it is very difficult to let it go. Once you identify it, it is much easier to let it go and to treat it.
I was thinking about my life, and how I got to where I am right, for better and for worse.
I thought about if where I am now is where I wanted my self to be when I thought about this 5 years ago.
It's a difficult question to answer, really. Though I may not be living the life I always wanted, parts of who I am are due to the life that I did live, and at least some of these parts - I like.
Or course, I can't know who I would have been if I had lived the life I wanted, maybe I would have loved all of me, maybe not.
So it's sort of bittersweet in a way. The main thing is to look ahead and be excited for what the future may hold, because it can hold anything.