The psycho tip of the day: June 10

Our personal journey through life is scattered with ups and downs, joyous and painful experiences, which shape our personality and our worldview. The need for good mental health is evident every day, especially in these difficult times. Keeping a daily journal to express our emotions is one of the most powerful tools we have to navigate this journey. On June 10, let’s take time to reflect on the importance of mental health and learn how a simple journaling exercise can transform our life.

Keeping a daily journal: therapy at your fingertips

Writing our thoughts is one of the practices recommended by many psychologists and mental health professionals. The idea is not new. Doctors have long recognized the power of writing as a means of expression and release of buried thoughts. Far from being a practice reserved only for great writers or philosophers, keeping a daily journal allows each of us to better understand our own feelings and emotions, and is a true way of self-care on a psychological level.

  • At the sources of the unconscious : Writing offers a path to our inner self, to the dark areas of our psyche that we often ignore. It’s a form of dialogue with oneself.
  • A necessary catharsis : Writing allows you to externalize your emotions, even the most painful ones. You relieve the pressure, you release the accumulated anxiety.
  • Identity Construction : Documenting our thoughts and experiences will drive our personal awareness. It facilitates the development of our individuality and strengthens our self-esteem.

Introspective writing: a significant ally in mental health

Enmeshed in highly demanding professions such as medicine for doctors, occupational therapy for occupational therapists, and physiotherapy for psychomotor therapists, it may seem difficult to allocate a dedicated moment each day for reflection and writing, but it’s crucial for mental health.

How to easily integrate this practice into your daily life?

Just like a morning or evening routine, writing holds a unique place in daily activities. There are no strict rules, nor a predetermined way to do it. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

  1. Make it a routine : Try to incorporate writing practice into your daily life, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  2. Be authentic : There’s no need to filter your thoughts. The page is a safe and judgment-free zone.
  3. Let go of grammatical conventions : The content and authenticity of thoughts matter much more than literary quality. Avoid the pressure of writing perfectly.

We must understand that by resorting to a daily practice such as writing our thoughts and opening up to a deep introspection, we are taking care of our mental health just as when we eat healthy foods for our physical body.

Putting into words to free the mind

Within the public service and in private practice, psychologists place their patients in front of their own narrative, sometimes alongside speech therapists who work on verbal dynamics. By combining this valuable talk therapy with the art of putting our emotions into words in a daily journal, we arrive at a powerful and effective introspective tool for our mental health.

On this particular day of June 10, why not seriously start practicing this? The simple act of writing offers a private personal journey to our deepest thoughts, presenting us with the opportunity to closely examine our sorrows, joys, worries, and expectations. Increasingly supported by psychologists and various health therapists, keeping a journal brings undeniable benefits to our psyche: it is therefore time to take the pen and start writing for the sake of our mental health.

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