DID, dissociative identity disorder, Julie

How to Journal Through Depression

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How to Journal Through Depression

  • Get a journal of some type (online, offline, notebook, bound book, app, etc)
  • Write

There. Simple.

Actually, it’s not so simple. If it were that simple, we’d all feel much better already. Am I right?

So the question becomes how do we journal through our depression? It’s a question I hear often and one that doesn’t have an easy answer because it’s a highly personal question.

So what are some options?

If it’s so personal, how do I even know where to start?

Good question! You start by simply writing. Sometimes just getting your thoughts out of your head and down on paper is the beginning. Once you start the writing, it often breaks off into a direction of its own. Then you can see where your thoughts are distorted and how you can change your thinking.

You can also explore other forms of journaling. Journaling is a form of expression. Rachel and Cadie really enjoy photo journaling, which is a lot like collage making. Some of their work is waiting to be hung up in our bedroom.

Some friends of ours enjoy bullet journaling. I don’t know much about it, but it works for them.

The point here is that there’s no wrong way to journal. The right way to journal through your hard times is to start journaling. Start somewhere and see where it takes you. Get involved with your thoughts, write them out or collage them so you can see them and challenge them. Interact with them. Let them out so they can’t control you.

 

Always,

Julie

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