5 Reasons to Journal While In Recovery

A lady's hand holding a pen as she writes in a lined journal
You've heard that you should be journaling in recovery, but do you know why?

Journaling in recovery is a very powerful part of the healing process. Regardless of the type of journal you choose to use, it'll benefit your recovery. Since this is a form of expressive writing you don't need to worry about things like grammar, spelling, or even sounding "prim and proper." You'll find that this form of expressive writing is helpful in numerous ways.

Identify Your Triggers and Learn to Cope with Them

Journaling in recovery gives you a lot of time to reflect on things (e.g., your day, your thoughts, what you're thankful for) so you can identify patterns and useful coping mechanisms in your life. By writing things down and re-reading your stream of thoughts you can start making sense of everything. This is especially important to do with your triggers since this type of reflection and self-discovery will help you to learn how to cope with difficult times and move past any obstacles you may encounter.

Recognize Negative and Self-Defeating Thoughts

While journaling in recovery you'll start to recognize any negative and self-defeating thoughts you may have. This is important because your inner dialogue affects your mental health greatly. As you write your thoughts down you'll start realizing how poorly you treat yourself. After you realize this you'll start learning how to treat yourself with dignity, love, and forgiveness. In turn, this will build your self-confidence.

Keep Your Recovery in Check

As you're journaling in recovery you'll start to get more in touch with how you feel and what you need. Certain patterns will become noticeable making you more self-aware so that you can hold yourself accountable for your sobriety. You'll see when your recovery is falling to the wayside and when you need extra support.

Cope with Anxiety and Stress

Sometimes it's challenging to relax your mind when anxiety hits. Sifting through all these thoughts is challenging. Instead of allowing these feelings to get the best of you, try journaling in recovery. This will help you determine which thoughts are real and which are irrational. You'll also be able to make sense of your thoughts so you can focus on what's truly important. Doing this means you'll sleep better, have more energy, and be able to focus better too.

Improve Your Mental Health and Prevent Relapse

You should think of your journal as a safe space for you to divulge your innermost thoughts, feelings, and struggles. This is important because when you write these things out you'll feel better than if you were to hold them all inside. It's also an extremely healthy coping mechanism.

If you're unaware of your emotions journaling in recovery will help you recognize them so you can cope with them better. This will make you less likely to relapse which is why journaling in recovery is considered a major relapse prevention tool.

Check in on Yourself

While journaling in recovery is a great tool, you'll need to surround yourself with a supportive community too. In the times that we're living it can be challenging to meet people with the same mindset about sobriety. This is why I invite you to check out the community I've created and start receiving the support you need today.


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