Have you ever been so overwhelmed with life you literally didn’t know what your next move should be?
Have you ever wanted or needed to talk to someone about life, but you couldn’t bring yourself to reach out to that person or perhaps felt uneasy about discussing it out loud?
I answered YES to both of these questions, and I’m guessing a lot of you will too. At these points in my life, writing helped greatly. I use three ways to better my mental health when problems arise, overwhelming moments take my breath away or it’s hard to be positive in a dark world.
Writing is an excellent source of happiness for me. You may be wondering if writing could help you, especially if you haven’t written a lot in the past, but trust me read these three ways and test them out.
You might be amazed at yourself after you put one or more into practice.
1. Journaling daily or weekly
How can journaling better my mental health?
Writing is a therapeutic process. This is a time set aside in your day to write down what’s bothering you, what you’re excited about, what you’ve accomplished, and the list goes on.
You can feel a weight lifted off your shoulders, because much like talking to someone, you’re getting it all out and processing your life not just in your head.
If you let problems or the million other thoughts cycle over and over in your head, most likely nothing is going to change. Perhaps writing your problems and thoughts down will help you discover a solution or the next step to take.
On another note, journaling on a regular basis about your life allows you to look back at your life to see how far you’ve come if you start to hit a rough patch. Looking directly at your past can illustrate how good the present is compared to a month or a year ago.
Basically, journaling allows a better perspective. It is a window to your deepest thoughts and a path to your greatest ideas. You have the power to write as much or as little as you want. You have the power to write about anything your heart desires.
The pen is in your court.
2. Making Lists
I am 100 percent a list person. I wasn’t always, but I realized I get way more accomplished making lists. I also love the satisfaction of crossing things off my lists.
Lists may not require too much writing or deep thinking; however, getting things accomplished in life may better your mental health if that’s something you struggle with.
I make grocery lists, cleaning lists, blog lists, if it can become a list I make it! Organization is a key aspect for me, too. Accomplishing tasks from your lists can free up mental space so you can focus on other important things in life like family, work and faith.
Try list making out in your home. See if your life is changed for the better with this simple writing process.
3. Writing down hopes + dreams
Do you have an idea for a business stirring in your mind, but you haven’t taken any solid steps toward beginning? Write your idea down. Taking that first step is everything. This puts your idea out into the universe instead of trapped in your head.
I bet seeing your great business idea on paper or screen will spark more emotion to get started or at least talk to someone about it.
When I first though of starting a blog, I mapped all my ideas, hopes and dreams for this business of mine onto paper. My idea became “set in stone,” and I had no other option than to move forward mentally.
This can work for you, too.
To this day I continue to write down any idea that pops into my head. Not all of them are ground-breaking, and I haven’t moved forward with every idea. The point is to weed out the bad from the good in order to fulfill your passions in life.
TIP: I suggest keeping a separate journal/notebook (napkin if that’s all you got) for each of these 3 writing outlets. This way your writing will be organized, and you won’t need to flip through pages to find an important list you wrote or crazy good idea you thought of.
Do you practice any of these 3 writing outlets? I’d love to hear your opinion or thoughts!
Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer