Are you looking for a way to manage your anxiety through creative journaling? Journaling is a great way to cope with anxiety. It has helped me tremendously! In this post, I will present 5 creative journaling exercises that can help manage your anxious thoughts and feelings. Through these exercises, you can explore and understand your anxieties in a new way, helping you to cope with your anxiety and move forward.
1. Brain Dump
Take 10 - 15 minutes to write down all the thoughts running through your head. Don’t censor yourself and just let the words flow. Then, go back and highlight any thoughts or feelings that surprised you - this can often give insight into your anxiety.
2. Letter from Anxiety
Write a letter to yourself from the point of view of your anxiety. What would it say? Explore the reasons it has come up and how you might be able to work with it.
3. Find 3 Positive Things
Each day, take the time to list 3 positive things from that day. This can help you to refocus on the positive and give you a new perspective.
4. Draw your Anxiety
It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Sometimes, anxiety for me looks like a bunch of scribbles. Draw a simple picture that illustrates your current anxious feelings. Spontaneous drawings can even be more accurate than directed drawings.
5. Self-Care List
Make a list of small, healthy activities that make you feel good. Next time you’re feeling anxious, do something from that list. This will both help reduce your anxiety in the moment and give you a sense of control in managing it.
I sincerely hope these creative journaling exercises can help alleviate some of your anxiety and promote inner peace. With mindful practice and openness to the process, I believe everyone can benefit from journaling as a means of reducing stress. So see where these exercises take you and remember to be kind to yourself. If you try any of these exercises, let me know in the comments! How did it go? Did you learn something new about yourself?