In many cases, anxiety begins with thoughts of being embarrassed or judged for something that hasn’t even happened. And these thoughts can escalate into bigger worries to the point of feeling out of control. This activity helps to unpack and identify thoughts that may be causing worry or anxiety.
Thoughts are closely linked to emotions and when something is worrisome anxious or uneasy feelings develop.
A strategy that is often used to cope with anxiety is journaling. Writing down something or journaling about what may be worrisome can help to organize thoughts in a manageable way. This can be completely private and does not need to be shared with anyone, unless chosen too, this exercise is meant to be a private activity. Taking time to gather thoughts and find a voice is important and journaling can help with that too.
Journaling helps break down thoughts to help figure out if the worry is based on feelings or actual facts.
Use the questions below to examine and break down the thought. Ask yourself:
Asking and answering these questions leads to the discovery that the power to control how we feel about thoughts that creep into our mind is subjective. This power contributes to the ability calm down and come back to a place or feeling of being in control control.
The answers to these questions often show that most of the time, the thoughts can be broken down to a point where it is easier to feel better about what is causing the feeling of anxiety.
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What is Journaling
Journaling is a tool for helping students understand themselves better. Because it is a form of personal expression, journaling can occur in many ways:
Its purpose is to help adolescents:
Journaling activities can be designed to help gain insights into the major areas of their lives — including relationships with peers, parents and other adults, their bodies and health issues, and careers and other special interests.
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