The Many Benefits of Journaling: How It Can Help You Heal, Grow, and Succeed

Dara Laine Murray
8 min readJul 18, 2022

If you’re looking for a way to boost your productivity, improve your mental health, and achieve your goals, look no further than journaling. Reflective journaling has many benefits, such as reducing stress, improving memory, helping people recover from addiction, and promoting a general sense of well-being. It even offers a variety of unexpected physical health benefits, too!

In this post, we’ll discuss the many benefits of journaling and how you can start incorporating it into your life today!

The Benefits of Journaling
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What Is Journaling or Expressive Writing?

Journaling, or “expressive writing,” is the act of writing down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a journal or diary. It can be a therapeutic way to process your emotions and track your progress over time. Journaling can be as simple or as detailed as you like—there are no rules! You can write about whatever is on your mind, whether it’s your day-to-day thoughts or long-term goals.

Benefits of Journaling
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The Benefits of Journaling

Journaling to Improve your Mental Health

Journaling can be a helpful tool for improving your mental health. It can help you process difficult emotions and negative thoughts, work through traumas, and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and well-being. It can also help you manage stress and anxiety, as well as depression.

A 2006 study by Stice, Burton, Bearman, & Rohde found that expressive writing can be as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Teenagers who were at high risk and took part in the study showed less mental and physical signs of depression and anxiety and had fewer suicidal thoughts after just three months of journaling.

A mental health journal can be a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.

That said, if you’re having suicidal thoughts or experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, or depression that are disrupting your daily life and making it difficult for you to cope, please call…

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Dara Laine Murray

Multi-passionate sobriety writer on Medium. Day job: Director of Research at a nonprofit. Stories = sober + stats. Editor: https://medium.com/modern-sobriety