Journal it Out!

By: Riya Mital  

Has your brain ever been so full that you feel like it might explode? The thoughts are running and you physically cannot function. You feel like you might start bouncing off the walls and there is no one to talk to. Where do I put my thoughts? Well, grab a piece of paper and get ready for your new favorite activity: journaling! 

1. Bullet Journalling 

Bullet journaling is a great organizational method. If you’re stressed about activities or goal oriented plans, bullet journaling can be highly effective. It is a great way to organize all your thoughts, feelings, and tasks. One way I like to bullet journal is by categorizing everything I am listing. Here is an example: 

TO DO:  

- Blog Post 

- Homework Assignment 1  

- Paper for Class  


- Email Coordinator  

- Clean Room  

- Pack Clothes  


- Walk in the Morning  

- Gym after Class  

- Cook Dinner

2.  Stream of Consciousness Journaling 

This is a great technique when you’re overwhelmed with many thoughts. This is when you treat the paper as your best friend. Go ahead and rant, but in your written words. This is when grammar and convention go out the window. WRITE, just write it all out. Whatever you think, that is what you write. This is purely to get your thoughts out. If you feel overwhelmed and need to just get it all out, this is when you use stream of consciousness journaling. 

3. Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling is great for when you’re feeling hopeless or sad. This can really help put things into perspective and allow you to look towards the brighter side. To do this, simply list out things you are grateful for. This simple act can go a long way. Here is an example. 

Things I am grateful for:  

- My best friends, grateful that they are always with me in tough times and here to listen  

- My supportive family, who helps me through all my endeavors 

- A roof over my head and food on my table 

Journaling is a great way to reset your mind. Whether you are stressed mentally or emotionally, a pen and paper can go a long way. Try out some of these techniques when you’re feeling stressed or hopeless. Little practices can go a long way when it comes to feeling better. 

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