Today’s post is by guest blogger, Rachael Thomasian, a counselor in private practice in Los Angeles. As she states, she recommends journaling to her clients and in this post outlines the benefits of ‘writing it down’.
One of the top activities I recommend to clients is journaling. It may seem silly, and most people tend to think they’re not the “journaling type” but there are many benefits to putting your thoughts on paper. Similar to talking to a therapist or friend, writing your feelings down can help reduce overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression. Racing or cycling thoughts? You write slower than you think, so putting pen to paper actually forces you to slow your mind, and once you’ve written it down, you’re less likely to dwell on the same thought.
It’s also a good reflection tool, as well as a great way to set goals and then reflect upon them. Keep one in your bag and try using it anytime you have to wait at the doctor’s office. My favorite place to keep one is by the bed, that way you can reflect on your day, or journal if you have trouble sleeping.
Not sure where to start? Here are some prompts to get you started!
5 things you’re grateful for
2 goals for the week
3 people you appreciate
a moment that changed your life
Los Angeles counselor in private practice, I help teens, adults, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, and relationship issues achieve healthy, balanced lives and relationships. I provide psychotherapy and counseling services in Glendale and Beverly Hills. Her blog can be found here: http://bit.ly/Up6qJt.