Welcome to "Be Kind to Your Mind" aka "BKTYM" for short. This week I am going to be talking about journaling. Yes. You hear it everywhere, journal, journal, journal, but FOR REAL please do it or at least try it. I used to be one of those people who hated journaling because it meant I really had to think about my experiences and how they made me feel but now it has become a crutch that I use and rely on daily. A lot of times it can be hard for us to talk to others about things that are going on in our lives or feelings that we may be having. Journaling is a good way for an individual to get those emotions down and out on paper. I have personally used journaling as a way to collect my thoughts and release emotions that are often pent up inside me. It has become my way of checking in with myself and seeing how I am doing. I try to write down as much as possible. I write down feelings, emotions, and events that might have occurred in my day. There is just something about getting my feelings physically out that has become so therapeutic to me. It is important to know that journaling doesn't always have to be writing down just the good. It's okay for the dark to come out sometimes. It is important to be completely honest with yourself when writing in order to gain the fullest benefits. Somedays your journal might be pictures, others might be words, or even sad quotes that just seem to hit you right. Journaling is simply another outlet of release. It gives your thoughts, feelings, and emotions a place to go. It is a great skill to use to unwind and refresh each day to ensure that you are on the write track mentally and emotionally.
Below are a list of resources you can call if you are in crisis:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text line: Text HOME to 741741
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233