You Need To Keep A Journal, Here’s Why

  • Here are some famous faces you’ve likely seen before.
    • They all look happy. Why shouldn’t they be?
    • Well, all these people took their own lives. Either on purpose or because of intentional drug use and overdose.
    • All these people suffered from depression.
    • And some smiling faces you see every day likely do as well.
    • Depression isn’t just being sad, It’s having a lack of interest in being alive and living. These people can look so normal or even happy on the outside when in reality things underneath the hood can be rotting.
  • Studies show that symptoms of depression have been rising.
      (Clinical Psychology Review, 2010)
    • This data shows the occurrence of symptoms of depression since 1938.
    • This isn’t self-reported depression being asked, it’s symptoms of depression coping problems such as sleeplessness and lack of interest, etc. in college-age students.
    • By percent of the population, not the number of people, rates are going up.
    • No matter the reason why this is happening, the fact is we need help. And the graph for rates of anxiety looks very similar.
  • That’s why I want you to do something easy that can keep you around.
    • Now, if you haven’t kept a journal or diary before, I can understand your lack of wanting to.
  • I used to dislike the idea because of some of these reasons.
    • Self-help is weird. It’s something that people do when there’s something “quote” seriously wrong. But keep this in mind…
    • Keeping a diary is for teenage girls. Of course, this isn’t true, anyone can write about anything, in fact most people who keep journals are older, boomers.
    • What do I write? What’s the point? Well I’m about to show you why and how journaling can help you more than maybe anything else if you struggle with things like depression or anxiety.
  • This:
    • Maybe you’ve seen this chart in the hospital or clinic. This study has shown that people recovering could go from a “one” to a higher number when keeping a journal about their feelings faster than those who didn’t reflect on what has put them in that situation.
  • Maybe journaling is better or more practical than seeing a therapist?
    • Pros of Psychologist
      • Licensed Professional
      • Talking is quicker than writing
      • Another opinion
  • Cons of Psychologist
    • Expensive
    • Fear of Judgement
    • Personal Dislike
    • Sharing is hard
    • Inconvenient
    • Only when scheduled
  • And When you keep a journal:
    • Pros of Journaling
      • You can be more honest
      • You can reflect easily
      • Complete control
      • Whenever you need it
      • Cheap
      • Your way
      • You have control over how long
    • Cons of Journaling
      • No Licensure
      • No opinion (good thing sometimes?)
  • When you do this, it can be anyway you want it to be.
    • What you can write:
      • This happened today, last week, 5 years ago.
      • How something makes me feel, my son feel, my boss feel.
      • I want to do this with my life, my day, next year.
      • This is what my ideal life would look like, this is how it could happen.
    • What you’ll be doing (Scientific American):
      • Reflecting
      • Seeing patterns in your life and the actions of others and yourself
      • Getting to know yourself
  • So what was I talking about??
    • Journaling can help with chronic physical and emotional pain management.
    • Can take the place of a psychologist?
    • You can take control of your mind and emotions instead of the other way around.


All you need is something to write with and a notebook…

Thank you.

Works Cited

Baikie, Karen A., and Kay Wilhelm. “Emotional And Physical Health Benefits Of Expressive Writing.” Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 11.5 (2005): 338-346. Web. 3 Apr. 2019.

“Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Journal.” N. p., 2019. Web. 3 Apr. 2019.

Folit, Ruth. “Who Keeps A Journal Or Diary?.” N. p., 2019. Web. 3 Apr. 2019.

Rodriguez, Tori. “Write To Heal.” Scientific American Mind 24.5 (2013): 17-17. Web. 3 Apr. 2019.

Singal, Jesse. “For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious And Depressed.” The Cut. N. p., 2016. Web. 3 Apr. 2019.

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