When I finally realized I needed to get help or help myself with my mental illness, I knew this time I wanted to do it differently and healthier. I knew I didn’t want to take medications or go to a program (not that there’s anything wrong with those). I just knew that it wasn’t for me.
When I was younger (about five years old), I was in a child program (group counseling and solo session) and was on medication. I remember always feeling worse than I ever was when I started the program and started the medicine. I was always dopey and sleeping all the time. Which was definitely not normal for a once very active child. My mom quickly noticed, and took me right off of them and out of the program. Never again did I take any type of medicine to “help” me.
So going into it this time around, I wanted to go for a more creative route. And what better way to do that than writing? I sat down and took notes for about a week, thinking of how writing would help and what to start doing. I started out by bullet journaling. Which is a very creative way to plan your life in a planner. You can sketch draw or cut and past in it as you please. You can make lists upon lists for anything and everything in your life. It was great for a while, but then I got bored haha.
I wanted another way to journal so I searched on YouTube for ways on what to (journal). Where I then came across a very inspiring channel (which I’ll link below). This channel is the most inspiring one I have ever come across. The content has really helped me with becoming a more positive person, and has given me a creative outlet I didn’t know I had. After watching a lot of the videos, I went out and purchased a cheap little journal and just started writing!
Now I can’t stop! The good thing about journaling is, you can write about whatever you want. It doesn’t even have to make sense. Seriously. Although I do journal about some things that I’m going through or if I’m feeling down, I try and focus on writing positively more than negatively. If you end your entry for that day on a positive note, you’ll feel so much better than if you just wrote about how crappy your day went and nothing else.
So go ahead! Grab an empty notebook and a pen and start writing your heart out! I dare you!
Link to the YouTube channel I mentioned: ↓