How to Journal to Build Mental Strength

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The Verywell Mind Podcast's “Friday Fix” is a short episode that features a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 143

Have you thought about journaling but didn’t know where to start? Do you think writing about your feelings would be a waste of time? If so, you’re not alone.

I hear many therapy clients say they’ve considered journaling over the years but for one reason or another, they just didn’t start it. Or, if they did start journaling, they didn’t stick with it.

Staring at a blank piece of paper might feel intimidating. Or, you might feel overwhelmed by the sheer volumes of journals sold in stores. 

But, don’t give up on the idea of journaling. There’s tons of evidence that writing in a journal can be good for your emotional well-being.

Not all journaling is created equal, however. There are a few things you can do to make it especially helpful in building mental strength. 

In today’s episode, I share what the research says about the benefits of journaling, how to use journaling to build mental strength and the one thing you should avoid doing when you write in a journal.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.