Have you ever considered journaling as a tool for dealing with anxiety? I’ve kept a journal for most of my life and it’s been super healing for me.
I first started journaling in middle school after my aunt gifted my with one. At the time, I was getting bullied and journaling helped me cope.
The thing about journaling is that it helps to anchor you into the present moment. If you struggle with anxiety, the more you can anchor yourself (& ground yourself) into the present moment, the more at peace you can be. This isn’t a cure all, but it’s another tool you can add into your coping with anxiety toolbox.
Here are some journaling prompts for dealing with anxiety…
Without shifting into the future or the past, identify an object around you & describe it in detail. (The point of this prompt is to keep you in the present moment.)
Describe your happiest memory in detail.
What are 3 accomplishments you’ve experienced in your life? (They don’t have to be big, it could be as simple as “I was able to force myself out of the house and get fresh air last week.”) They just have to be something that you’re proud of yourself for.
If you could go back in time and speak to your 5yr old self, what advice would you give him/her?
If you ran into a person who was having a panic attack in a park, how would you help that person? (What would you say or do?)
What are some things that you wish people understood about you?
What does your ideal day look like from beginning to end?
List 10 things that you are grateful for right now.
Write about your favorite person and describe why you like/admire that person. It could be a friend, family member, celebrity, TV character, or coworker.
If you could get paid well to do anything, what would you do for a living? Don’t worry about being practical…people are getting paid well to eat, cuddle, travel, and do all sorts of outside-the-regular-job-box things.
How do you define the word “love”?
What is the nicest thing someone has done for you? If you can’t think of anything, write about the nicest thing you’ve done for someone else.
Hopefully, you get a chance to try out some of these journal prompts for dealing with anxiety. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever used journaling as a tool to manage your anxiety…