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Looking for a new coping skill? Journaling is a free, easy, and beneficial coping skill that helps to decrease anxiety while increasing emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Putting our thoughts to paper helps to get them out of our heads. If you’re ruminating on the same thing over and over, try journaling about it. When you put things into your journal, they stay there, and you can get a break from them.

If you journal frequently enough, you might start to notice patterns and themes that continuously arise in your entries. These patterns may provide more insight into reasons why you struggle in the ways that you do. Here are three starter prompts to get you going:

  1. What kind of day are you having today, and why?

  2. What is something you’ve been stressing about lately, and why?

  3. What is something you're grateful for today?

Happy journaling!


Bethany Kriegel, LMHC, earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. She has experience working with adults in residential treatment settings, helping those struggling with eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among other issues.

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