5 Powerful journaling tips to help with anxiety

Discover the link between simple journaling strategies and stress relief.

'I am anxious, and it soothes me to express myself here. It's like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time.' Mina Murray

I understand completely. You see.. well.. okay, I'm going to come right out and say it: "I'm a worrier."

I know, I know.. my family constantly tell me, don't stress! (I rather think it's a hereditary gene since two of my grandkids are similarly afflicted. 🤔 )

Well, yes, of course, I pray about it. And yes, I trust God and know He is in control. But I'm also guiltily aware that as soon as I hand a burden over to Him to manage, I try and take it back to rethink it all again.

Come on! Hands up! Who else stresses?

Well... I've discovered that writing it down, journaling about my worries and then praying about them really helps.

In fact, I've turned it into a little reminder for me to journal each day: A daily diary diminishes disquiet.' Yes, you're right.. too much alliteration. How about: 'A daily chronicle of events instantly eases anxiety.'

Find out below just what I've discovered works for me.. and maybe for you, too.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” -Anne Frank

5. Find your positive quotes or affirmations

The things you tell yourself can have a significant impact on how you feel. So, if you want to feel less anxious, you’re going to want to talk to yourself in a kind, positive way.

Positive affirmations can be a great way to fuel your soul. You can use your journal to write down how you want to feel but make sure to write it in the present tense.

So, it would end up something like this “With God's strength, I am strong. I can get through this”. If those words don’t make you feel anything when you read them in your mind, change them.

Even better, write out Bible verses such as Philippians 4:13 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' or Philippians 4:8 'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.'

The key is to find positive quotes, statements, which really impact you. So, don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the right, positive words to power encouragement and strength.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to instantly ease your anxiety through journaling. The above are just 5 methods you can try to get you started. Why not grab a copy of the Introduction to Journaling for Health and Wellbeing for more helpful ideas.