The Mental Health Benefits of Regularly Writing In Your Journal

Today I had a rough day. It started off well but then everything just went downhill after 8am. It’s just one of those days where everything just hits the fan and you’re out there cleaning up the mess. I won’t get into it but let’s just say that its not often when I get days like this.

Whenever I get home from a hard days work, I always like to recharge by listening to some zen music. This music tends to calm my mind and gives me the effect of an hour’s meditation.

However tonight I decided to write journal to clear my mind and organise my thoughts. I’ve been writing in my journal for as long as I can remember and it’s my way of coping with life’s challenges. Some people prefer to catch up with friends and talk it out, I like to write it down, analyse and plan my next move instead. It’s just me.

Over the years, I’ve learned that journaling has helped me achieve so much in life. It’s helped me manage life’s biggest challenges and also helped me tick off a ton of things off my bucket list.

As a result of journalling, I’ve been able to travel around the world, write my books, buy my first home, overcome financial struggle, overcome heart break and much more. It’s just one of those things that really help you mentally and it’s like having your own therapist but without spending a fortune.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll get when you keep a regular journal.

Clear Your Mind

Have you ever lied in bed struggling to sleep because you had so much on your mind? I’m sure you have. When you write your thoughts down on paper, you transfer all that worry and uncertainty on paper. As soon as you do that, you’re dumping all your worry and leaving it there on the desk. You’ll find that your mind is now empty and you can continue going through life with a fresh approach instead of worry weighing down on you.

Having a clear mind is so important. If you’re constantly under stress and worry, it really colours your day and you tend to make decisions that may cause more problems. When you write in your journal, you’re getting things off your chest. Also, if you feel that you can’t trust someone with your deepest secrets, well writing in your trusty journal, your journal will be your best friend who will hold onto your secrets.

Organise Your Thoughts

Sometimes our mind is just filled with so much worry and fear. When you write in your journal, you tend to organise all your thoughts together on paper. You may initially write about everything but then eventually you’ll have a methodical approach to tackling whatever it is your worrying about.

Journaling is a great way to categorise your thoughts and see which is a higher priority and what isn’t. It’s also a great way to really get a good perspective on whatever it is you’re concerned about. You’ll find that the thing that you’re worried about doesn’t seem so bad when you write about it. It may feel like the end of the world but when you write it down, you realise it isn’t.

Plan Your Next Move

Probably the best part about journalling is that you can plan your next move. When you face your fears and write it down on paper, you see fear there. It’s there on paper and then you can tackle it by writing your next plan of attack. You can come up with Plan A all the way to Plan Z.

I find that I’m much happier when I’ve written out my problems on paper and I have a plan of attack ready. The next day, I feel more confident because I’m ready for the outcome if it happens. This is the power of journalling, it gives you the strength and courage you need to conquer your fears.

Positive Mental Health

Finally, journaling gives you a positive mental health check in the long run. Imagine carrying so much pain and worry in your mind. What would that do to your mind? However, if you journal regularly, it’s like seeing a therapist regularly. You’re constantly dealing with your demons and clearing out the negativity.


After writing in my journal for over 20 years, I can truly attest that it’s one of the most important rituals of my life. Whenever I’m going through pain or victory, I write in my journal. There are times when I go back and reflect on what I’ve written and I can see how far I’ve come in life.

A journal is not only a tool in which it helps you get through life, it also acts as a time capsule which captures the essence of your life. Your journal acts as a memoir that you can hand over to your future generations who may benefit from the lessons you’ve learnt in your life.

Stay Strong and Be Relentless.

Khoa Bui

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Author: Khoa Bui

Khoa Bui is an author, trainer and chief editor of YouBeRelentless. He enjoys reading books on self development, success, productivity, money, relationships and leadership. When he's not writing, he likes to enjoy a glass of red wine with a fine cuban cigar while watching the entire season of Entourage. You can check out Khoa's work at

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