Journaling can be as basic as writing down what’s on your mind, as a way to record your inner workings and help you better understand your emotions and thoughts.
Journaling is a great stress-management tool. This helps slow down your nervous system, switching off your sympathetic nervous system responsible for fight-or-flight and activating your parasympathetic nervous system in charge of the rest-and-digest response.
Journaling can be healing, but studies show that focusing exclusively on negative emotions can actually increase depression and anxiety. While it’s OK to address negative thoughts, feelings, and situations, incorporating positive aspects about yourself and your life is tied to better mental health
Try a variety of journaling types (a blank notebook, a guided journal, computer or internet-based journaling, smartphone apps, art journals, etc.)
Turn your journaling experience into something you look forward to doing. Pick a dedicated space in your home and add ambience .