As a therapist, I often get asked what are tips on improving mental health. There are so many components to this but this articles touches on a good one... JOURNALING! One of the things I hear is that people feel like they can't talk to friends, family, etc. as they are worried about the reactions of others including the possibility of feeling judged. Makes sense, insert journaling! You get to write out your thoughts, get it out on paper, and somehow those thoughts may not feel as overwhelming as they once did. This can be especially true for anxiety!
"Journaling has proven popular and effective for treating clients experiencing anxiety, possibly because of an improved acceptance of negative emotions and a more helpful emotional response to stress (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005; Ford et al., 2018)."
"One meta-review of research studies suggests that journaling may be a more effective treatment for anxiety in women than men (yet both groups have a positive effect) and that doing so for longer than 30 days may maximize mental wellbeing benefits (Sohal et al., 2022)."