HOW THIS TOOL CAN HELP YOU
Anxiety is uncomfortable, but it can be managed. Writing things down helps to clear your mind and let it rest. This is why anxiety journal is one of the best ways to get relief when you find yourself anxious, restless or overthinking.
With this journal you can:
○ Improve and minimize your anxiety levels with simple journaling exercises.
○ Learn to change unhelpful thoughts and become more resilient.
○ Learn to spot your triggers and be ready to counter them.
○ Track your moods to watch your progress.
How to use this journal to relieve your anxiety
- Use thoughts page to write down any negative or persistent thoughts you have.
- If you see unhelpful patterns in your thoughts, diffuse them using a Dysfunctional thoughts page. Write down what happened, thoughts you have and the feelings you feel. Next, intentionally try to change those thoughts to positive ones – by looking for a single positive thing about it. Example: you encountered a mean person and he/she insulted you. Positive view: now you know who you don’t want to be like in your life.
- Use mindfulness exercise when you are still in a high-stress mode and need to come back to the present moment (tip: print a bunch of these to have on hand when needed!)
- Track your moods in a mood chart. If you use diary daily, you can see which thoughts or events have worsened your mood.
- Practice a little bit of gratitude every day by listing one thing you’re grateful for daily.
- Finally, list things that trigger your anxiety and things that act like an antidote. This will be your secret suggestions sheet, advising things to avoid and things you should do more often.
Journaling is such a perfect activity for your mental health. Not only it helps you improve your anxiety levels but it’s also really soothing! It feels so good to stop running from your anxious thoughts and face them – with compassion, curiosity, and understanding.