Write to Feel Right

Feeling blue? Not sure if your mood is improving or getting worse? One simple way to keep track is to write your feelings down. Keeping a diary or journal doesn’t need to be pages and pages; a daily notation of your mood on a 10-point scale can be helpful as you look back, or as you discuss with a therapist how you’ve been doing since your last visit. Think of it as a Fitbit for your mental health.

The University of Rochester Medical Center reports that a journal can help you manage anxiety and reduce stress. Being able to name your feelings is powerful! Beyond that, you can prioritize which concerns are greatest by focusing on them, and then provide some positive self-talk for yourself on paper. A few minutes of writing each day can relieve stress, so pick up a pen or turn to your keyboard and find the words that work for you.