How to Use Journaling as a Coping Tool

Journaling is very effective as a coping tool. The best part about journaling is that you can make it your own, with only your thoughts, your pictures—basically, anything you want it to be.

I know some people don’t really know how to journal or where to begin. It’s actually very easy and very helpful.

Here are some steps to follow if you’re just learning or getting started.

Step 1: Name your journal

I’ve found naming your journal makes it easier to write an entry. It somewhat makes you feel like you’re actually talking to someone.

I’m in charge of the journaling chat on the Warr;ors of the Day Discord server. My journal’s name on there is Ryuk, which is a shinigami off the anime Death Note. You can name your journal anything you want.

Journaling as a coping tool example 1

Journal entry, September 12, 2019

Step 2: Date your journal

(Today’s date is) January 4, 2020.

Step 3: Write what you want to tell your journal

If you’re having a bad or even a good day, tell your journal exactly how you feel or talk about what you did that day. Tell it what made you happy or sad or any other emotions you might be feeling. In your journal, you can say anything. You can express exactly how you feel.

Or, if you need or want a little bit of help with ideas to write about, you can buy books with journal prompts. If you want other ideas, you can Google “journal prompts” or Pinterest has some awesome ideas for journal prompts. Look until you find what subject fits what you want to write about.

Step 4: Add an image

Another thing I’ve found helpful is adding pictures to your journal entry. These can be photos, pictures you drew, or even doodling around your entry. Adding pictures can be fun and helpful with the everyday struggle of life.

Journaling as a coping tool example 2

Journal entry, October 7, 2019

Step 5: Remember to have fun

Your journal is all about you and your thoughts and feelings. It’s important to have fun and be you. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Journaling helps with stress and depression reduction, helping you be happy.

I hope these examples help get you started if you’re not familiar with journaling as a coping tool. If you need help or would like more examples, you can look on the Warr;ors of the Day #journalling channel or Google “journal examples.”