Journaling Can Help Children Cope with Anxiety
When it comes to journaling, there are countless benefits to be gained both mentally and physically. However, many don’t realize the benefits journaling can have on children, especially those who might be dealing with symptoms of anxiety. Children tend to deal with fears and anxieties that most adults have been far removed from. Some children might be dealing with the stress of a divorce or dealing with an unfriendly peer at school that they can’t seem to escape. As adults, we are more equipped to deal with the stressors we encounter in our lives due to years of experience but children are not yet equipped with all of the skills necessary to deal with these situations and this causes undue stress and anxiety.
Journaling creates a private outlet for fears and anxieties.
For a child, keeping a journal is similar to confiding in an imaginary friend. Sometimes children don’t feel that they can freely talk to their parents or other adults about their anxieties for fear of being judged or because the adults they would usually confide in are a part of their stress as in the case of divorcing parents. A journal becomes their private outlet, free from judgment, where they can write down anything and everything they are feeling about the situation. Being able to write down troubling thoughts on paper helps remove these thoughts them from their minds.
Journaling can help shrink the problem.
Children’s worlds are much smaller than ours and this often leads them to view a problem or issue as larger than life. The lack of control children have over much of their lives can turn seemingly small problems into huge anxieties. Imagine not being able to create your own schedule, or having to follow rules you don’t understand, these are all factors that can leave children feeling helpless when stressors are introduced into their lives. Being able to look back on a journal entry can help children put their problems into perspective and often shrinks these problems into more manageable ones. Thoughts left to jumble around in our heads without any particular order can be frustrating and hard to deal with; writing these thoughts down helps us organize and compartmentalize our thoughts.
Journaling can help expose a child’s innermost feelings, thoughts, and desires.
The same as adults, journaling has the ability to unlock our innermost thoughts, feelings, and desires. Encouraging a child to keep a journal and to write freely can help them discover hidden thoughts and anxieties they might not know they are dealing with. Children should be encouraged to revisit what they’ve written in the past so that they can see if they still harbor these feelings or if they were able to overcome them. Using a journal as a self-reflection tool can be extremely helpful when the child encounters similar situations in the future. The same type of stressor will have less of an effect on the child once he or she has the tools to manage the problem.
Here is a list of some of our journals in which you can let it all out:
Rip it! Write it! Draw it!
Choose Your Own Journal
Open Bound Journals