Journal Your Summer for Stress Relief and Memories
By Brandi Goodman
Journaling is promoted as a great stress relief. Although this benefit is true, it is also just a simple way to keep track of precious memories. This summer, journal your everyday life for stress relief and memories during such an unprecedented time.
There are two ways that a journal can be used for stress relief. First, you can use it to write down any negative thoughts and expel them from your mind. Getting out the negativity in this way can help you ease your stress and release some tension. You can simply write it down and never have to think about it again. Some people even encourage burning the pages so they are no longer there to look at.
You can also go the opposite route and write only positive thoughts and feelings into your journal. This can be great for stress relief as you take a look back at all the good you truly have in your life. It's easy to focus on the negative when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Trying to sort out the positive and see the good around us can be an even better reward mentally. Find any small thing in your day that made you smile or feel hopeful or appreciative and write it down as a memory to keep.
Speaking of memories -- you should use your journal to keep track of important moments that happen in your life. It's a nice way to get to look back on things and see how life was at any particular time. You can write about small changes made to your daily life. You can discuss your thoughts and feelings on things going on in the world around you. You can share what a fun day you had. There's no wrong way to keep track of your memories and give yourself a full journal of experiences to look back on later in life.
The summer of 2020 in particular is a strange one. Many things have changed for many people, and stress relief and memories of this time are definitely needed. Every summer, however, can cause strife and lead to beautiful moments that people want to remember. No matter how life is going and what's happening around us, we can always journal our summer days for improved mental well-being.
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