Create a Journal
You may not fully understand your stress or your emotions but sometimes just talking or writing about them can help. If you talk or write about your stress, emotions, and feelings, chances are you will feel better and you may discover things to help you.
Don’t plan what you are going to write. Just write! Vent! Write down everything that comes to you! The words you write may be funny, sad, angry, silly, or happy. These are your emotions so just write like you feel. Try to write every day.
Don’t share your journal. It is yours and holds your private thoughts. If you share, you might start worrying about what others would think. Use it to express yourself without any fear or worries.
Keep your journal pages in a notebook. After a few weeks of writing, look back at what you have written. See what things you have accomplished, what stressors you have solved, and those that you haven’t. Use your journal as a tool to help you explore your emotions, self-esteem and self-confidence.
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Content last reviewed May 18, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013