by clio gourevitch
I have journaled everyday since January 1, 2019. At first, I started journaling because it seemed like a good habit. I only wrote a sentence a day. I had a simple plan, I would write the best moment of my day in my notebook everyday.
I followed this for a while, having set myself a low bar, expecting to quickly become too lazy to write, too tired. But soon, I found myself writing paragraphs, even multiple pages. I expanded from writing my one sentence, omitting all bad, and started telling more about my day, the positives, negatives, the okays. I realized that the reason that I had kept it up was not only because of my extremely low expectations for myself, but also because I enjoyed it, and telling someone, even just a small pocket notebook, things I was worried about helped with that.
If you have ever gone on a rant to a friend, you will know that getting your feelings out is healthy, it feels good. Journaling can serve this same purpose. I know a lot of people work on making neat and organized notebooks that look cute. I don’t worry about this, I simply write. Lately I have been using it for drawing as well, not to make it look cute, but because this is relaxing for me.
Finding things like journaling and drawing are important to relieving stress and maintaining a good mindset. Journaling does not work for everyone, but having a place to let go of feelings weighing down on you is important to your mental health.
Clio Gourevitch, BHSEC Queens
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