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Thanks again Lisa for this amazing post – 10 journal prompts for anxiety!!!
So now we have explored how daily journaling can help your anxiety and depression, let’s look at how we can make and use an Anxiety Journal
Anxiety as any sufferer knows, can cause multiple issues in your daily life and health. Especially since it can be triggered instanteously for what may not look like obvious reasons to those who do not understand. One of the many health issues that anxiety can trigger is heart problems and high blood pressure. You may have already seen a doctor about the anxiety in your life, but are fearful of taking medications that simply mask the issue. If this is the case and you would like to try a more holistic approach, you can try a method that has helped many people get to the root of the problem, journaling. Here is how you can create and use an anxiety journal to naturally reduce your anxiety, attacks, and related health issues.
The Set-Up of an Anxiety Journal
Anxiety journals are also called ranting journals. When we feel anxiety we usually feel a rush of emotions all at once. Some of the thoughts are chaotic while others are eerily calm. The fact is though, the thoughts and emotions are fast moving and can be overwhelming if there is no outlet.
In fact, some people find that the manic nature of anxiety and thoughts can be worse than the actual onset of anxiety itself. For this reason, there is no real set-up of an anxiety journal. It is simply a lined journal that allows you to put in your thoughts as they come to you and get them out. The only thing that is usually part of the anxiety journal is a reflective area to go back and write your thoughts on that post after you have calmed down and can go back and see what the issues may have been to lead you to the anxiety to begin with. You may also find it useful to use specific journal prompts for anxiety.
When to Use an Anxiety Journal
You should use the anxiety journal anytime you feel an anxiety attack coming on or find yourself in the middle of an anxious feeling. This journal is as simple as that. It is supposed to be there for you in a way to allow you to rant when you need it and get the thoughts out as you need to.
How the Anxiety Journal Helps You
It helps you in several ways by giving you an outlet for the thoughts you are having. It also allows to you see the thoughts you have and if there are any repeating thoughts or connections that could be making anxiety worse. It is an outlet, a reflective journal, and a devotional journal in many ways.
Using an anxiety journal is not the cure all for your anxiety problems, but it can help drastically. Keep in mind, it is a two fold system. It works to help you reduce your anxiety at the moment it occurs and to help you root out the issue that triggered the anxiety to begin with. Use it for both, and on a routine basis, and you will see a difference.
10 Journal Prompts for Anxiety
If you would like to try but are unsure of how to start, here are a few journal prompts for anxiety you may want to ask yourself:
- If you could achieve anything in your life, what would it be and why?
- What are three things that scare you most and why?
- What are three things that made you happy today?
- If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?
- What are three things you can do to enhance your mental well-being?
- Write about a difficult time in your life and how you overcame it
- Write a letter to your biggest supporter (you don’t have to give it to them if you don’t want to) and thank them, tell them how you feel about having them in your life
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
- Describe a time in your life when you failed. What did you learn from it?
- What are three of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from having (anxiety, depression, etc.)?
I advise maybe starting with these and then when the creative juices are flowing continue to free write whatever comes up for you at that time until you can’t write anymore. Remember, an important thing here is not to filter or edit yourself in any way, shape or form. This is your journal, for YOU, so be truthful, there is no point in lying to yourself!
Thanks again Ms Intuitive!
Let me know your favourite journal prompts in the comments below.
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