Anxiety is something that we all experience in our life. People who understand it better know that it is a natural human state and the right amount of anxiety helps us in dealing with challenges and provides us with ways to identify and respond to dangers. It helps us to take the right decisions during many situations and is vital part of our lives.
But there are people who feel distress while dealing with anxiety and due to this they get panic attacks, develop phobias and obsessional behaviors. Such people are not able to cope with anxiety easily and start developing negative thoughts which impacts their physical as well mental health. It starts affecting their personal as well professional life and they fall into depression. This only happens because they are not able to understand what is happening and how can they deal with this behavior. Their mind is filled with mostly negative thoughts and they get pessimistic about life.
So today, we will learn how a journal can easily help you in coping up with anxiety and the negative thoughts that you get due to it. Firstly, we must understand that writing or maintaining a journal is not as easy as it sounds. It requires discipline & you need to devote time to it, but the end results are worth it. So, let’s start with how you should use a journal to help yourself with anxiety.
1. Begin with writing a positive thought every night in your journal and make sure you read that the next day you get up in the morning. This is the first and most importance step.
You can look through google to read any motivational/inspirational or other type of positive thought and then write it in your journal. Reading this thought the next day will help you to start your day in a positive way. After few weeks you will see the changes yourself. Your mind will feel relaxed most of the times and you will be stress free and happy. But, as said earlier you need to be disciplined and you need to give time to it. You need to be regular and consistent with it. Soon, you mind will be filled up with a lot of positive thoughts and you will start seeing every difficulty, problem or issues as an opportunity to deal with the life challenges. Your mind will be at ease and soul will itself find the peace.
2. Start writing your thoughts and how you feel when you get anxious. This will help you to express your feelings and will make you understand yourself better. You will discover a lot of things and it also helps you in knowing what is upsetting you in a better way. By writing down, you will be able to track the symptoms and the triggers which leads to anxiety. You will also learn at what time of the day you face anxiety like when you are in office, at home or at some other place. You will be surprised to find a lot of patterns and spot things which cause this behavior. Once you will start understanding these symptoms, patterns and triggers it will be easy for you to learn about how you can avoid these triggers and will help in dealing with your anxiety and negative thoughts in a better way. For example, you may find that when you have a work pressure or a deadline to finish something your mind starts getting negative thoughts and you get panic attacks. Thus, you can learn on what to do during such situations. You will understand how to keep your mind calm and at ease when there is work load and soon you will be able to deal with your anxiety being caused due to such situations.
So, please get started. Buy a journal, always keep it along with you & while writing make it simple and be disciplined.
“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” —Joyce Meyer