Journal for stress relief?

I’ve been talking to a few people online today and this past weekend about journaling. How it’s different from writing for publication. It’s just journaling, not drafting something or formulating ideas or getting something into a shape for others to read. You know, it’s different. It’s not writing. It’s journaling. See, let me see. How can I…  Well. This article seems like… a good explanation. Here, I’ll put some highlights here.

According to VeryWellMind, the health benefits of journaling have been scientifically proven.

They say research shows that:

  • Journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions
  • It improves cognitive functioning
  • It can strengthen immune system response
  • It can counteract many of the negative effects of stress

‘Journaling doesn’t release tension from your body like progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and other physical and meditative techniques, however. But it’s a great practice for overall stress reduction as well as self-knowledge and emotional healing. Journaling is a highly effective tool for stress relief…’


  • Gratitude Journal: Some people keep a daily gratitude journal where they list three or more aspects of each day for which they are grateful. This is a highly effective strategy for relieving stress because it helps you to focus on the resources you have in your life already and create a more positive mood at the moment, both of which have been shown to build long-term resilience. A bonus benefit is that you are left with a record of the many nice things that have happened throughout your days, so if you’re feeling down in the future, you can cheer yourself up with a few pages of reminders for the things you have to appreciate in life.
  • Emotional Release: You may also write about your emotional responses to events that have happened throughout the day as a way of coping with the stress. This can help you to process what you are feeling and perhaps even explore more positive reframing options. When writing about positive experiences, this allows you the ability to maximize and savor the positive feelings you may have for the good things that have happened in your day. This is also a great way to expand on the positive and manage the negative things that happen in your life, increasing your positivity ratio, which is an important aspect of stress management.
  • Bullet Journal or Personal Planning Journal: Some people simply keep journals to track what they need to do each day, goals they have, memories they create, and other things they don’t want to forget. Because writing things down can help keep your mind uncluttered and help you to remember what’s important to you, this can relieve stress as well. Being more organized and balanced is a great way to feel less stressed.

For me, it’s the Cojournal.