If you suffer from anxiety, you know all too well it can cause you to feel overly worried, scared, stressed, and more. Anxiety can be increased just worrying that you might have a panic attack.
Journaling can actually help and can be a lifesaver to those that suffer from anxiety.
If you feel that a journal may be a good way to help your anxiety, consider a few of the themes that may be ideal. Gratitude journals are a great place to start along with devotionals or happiness journals as well.
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Writing Through the Anxiety
One of the key benefits of journaling during anxiety is to write through it. Anxiety usually starts off with frantic thoughts and fears of some kind. This is because anxiety is generally triggered by an outside source and that triggering is hardcore and fast.
Being able to write down your thoughts in your journal as they come to you can help you slow your mind down, get the thoughts out, and empty your mind of the thoughts – while your system calms down and comes back into the moment. This keeps your blood pressure down and helps prevent and relieve a full blown panic attack.
Removing Negative Thoughts
When you journal during an anxiety attack, you’re actually removing negative thoughts from your mind. Yes, you are voicing them, but you would be doing that internally. By writing them down in your journal, you’re removing them from an internal space to an open space. This can help you sort out the issues and keep them from bottling up in you.
Finding the Root of the Anxiety
When you journal during anxiety, you’re working to get the thoughts out and move through them. When you get the chance, you can go back and read your entries. This will help you find patterns that can show what the real root of your anxiety is.
Sometimes you can do this during the journal writing as you work through the issue. You may find that by the end of your post, you are actually at the root of the problem as well.
Patterns and Triggers in Journal Writing
Sometimes you may not know what triggered your anxiety. You may just suddenly feel that way, wake up that way, or go to bed that way. By journaling you can narrow down the issues through reviewing your journal posts and possibly noticing a repeat phrase that triggers you – a show, a person, or an event. With that information you can remove whatever the triggers and patterns are and reduce your anxiety.