Hey there! I hope you are well as can be and that you have been following my blog and also The Depressed Caravan on Instagram, or @thedepressedcaravan shall I say!! I really feel that the posts lately are so helpful for those going through depression, to show some hope at the end of the tunnel or to provide support and care for wherever people are in their journey with their mental health.
As you all know, a public figure that I look up to is @OsherGunsberg and that is because we’ve both been through similar mental health issues. I call it my ‘breakdown’ but really what it was is psychosis. @OsherGunsberg has enabled me to look at this as a protective feature of the brain and therefore positive. Going through psychosis for me felt very traumatic and extremely frightening. I am now medicated so that I won’t have to go through it again, thankfully. Being on medication has given my life stability and for that I am grateful.
So anyway, what I wanted to talk about today was journaling. I’ve recently heard this concept from @OsherGunsbergpodcast and when I read it had proven scientific benefits I was in. I prepared myself with a new notebook but you really can use anything you like and as I’m a stationery lover, I had a selection of fine liners to use just in case I felt like getting fancy with it! I just stared at this stuff for about a day and then I decided to give it a go!
I treated it like I was having a conversation with someone and that’s how I began to write. It’s surprising how easy it is to write about your day so far, what your hopes and dreams are and then the things that I haven’t been able to talk to others about started pouring out. I’m very conscious that if anyone stumbled across my journal they could have a little read, so I try keep it above board. I think if there was anything too involved I’d write it on a separate piece of paper and then tear it up (which can also be therapeutic).
I found just the art of journaling felt like I’d gotten a huge load off my shoulders, a load that I didn’t even realise was there or that I was carrying. I was so much more able to concentrate on my creative pursuits, of Calligraphy and Watercolour painting. I felt free to attend and participate in a Watercolours group that I haven’t attended for the longest time. If these are the IMMEDIATE results from journaling, then I wonder what the longer term benefits are. I’ll definitely blog about it and write updates at @thedepressedcaravan. I hope you’ll come along for the journey! – Tam xx