When you finally decide that you want to take action and start feeling better, you want to use that desire or drive to take action. I am going to devote the next series of posts to ways that you can take action on your own before involving a therapist or professional.
So, one simple way to start processing your problems is to journal.
For all journaling, I recommend picking one jounal - it can be a spiral notebook, a pretty bound book, a stack of papers stapled together - but pick one journal that is dedicated to this project. Pick an amount of time that fits for you and try to stick to that same amount of time everyday. I've noticed most people pick early morning or at the end of the day to do their journaling but pick a time that will help you.
There are three ways to get your brain and pen working:
First of all, this exercise is about moving thoughts and feelings from inside your head to out on paper. It has very little to do with being good at it.
Second, give it a try. There is no point in not trying. You may think you don't like journaling as it reminds you of being a child in school or having a diary. This is different.
Third, I have other ideas if this doesn't fit for you.
Ok, go journal now :)
*Disclaimer: Journaling doesn't take the place of counselling or psychotherapy. If you are struggling with thoughts of death and long bouts of helplessness, I recommend seeking counselling right away.
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