Writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you to label your emotions. Labelling is key for understanding what you are feeling and why. This aids your self-awareness as well as your ability to analyse how you think (also known as metacognition). Labelling also helps you to process your feelings, which can reduce the intensity of emotions, enabling you to manage them more effectively.
When thoughts and emotions start to overwhelm you, grab a pen and paper and jot down your feelings. Through writing, mind mapping, or even doodling – whatever suits you. It doesn’t have to be everyday, just when you need it. And for something that can be so quick and fun, it still has many benefits. Here’s why.