How to Start a Journal for Mental Health Success

Alex Bentley
5 min readAug 19, 2021
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Journaling is an excellent way to track and revisit your mental health.

When you write in a journal, you might find that your mood improves because of the release of pent-up emotions and thoughts. Writing can also help people with anxiety by giving them an outlet for their worries so they don’t feel like they’re burdened alone. Plus, it’s just nice to have a place where you can record memories and keep track of what’s going on in your life.

What is journaling and how does it help with mental health

Journaling is the act of writing privately. The goal of journaling is to help you identify and understand your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Journaling can also be a way to organize your thoughts and clarify what you want in life. It can also provide a space for positive thinking, creative expression, and meaningful growth.

When should you start journaling?

You can begin journaling anytime you feel ready. Journaling doesn’t have to be something scary or intimidating, and it’s a very accessible way of practicing self-care.

You are in no way obligated to start journaling unless you feel ready and willing. Remember that the writing doesn’t have to be perfect or polished! Just write, and let your thoughts flow freely.

If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few prompts that you can begin with:

  • What do I want?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What do I hope to achieve in the future?
  • How am I feeling right now?

Tips for keeping a journal

Here are a handful of tips to help you keep a successful journal:

  • Start with one topic and don’t overwhelm yourself with too many other distractions.
  • Have a time limit for your journal writing (anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes)
  • Write in your natural voice, not what you think others want or expect to hear
  • If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try writing about it before trying to solve it. Allow the stress and all the emotions that come with it to exist side…



Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.