Journaling has been known to clear the mind for as long as humans could write...
In 2001, the American Psychological Association published a study where they found expressive writing improved working memory test scores in college students. This was a major hint towards a cognitive mechanism that links writing to health.
Researchers have since found that expressive writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events and improves working memory. This then frees up cognitive resources for other mental activities such as the ability to cope with stress.
We believe that therapy should be for everyone but the reality is, it is not. This leads to people, especially those in marginalized communities most affected by the barriers mentioned above, receiving NO care. And therapeutic journaling has been scientifically proven to be just as effective as in person cognitive-behavioral therapy. The key for any mental health tool is consistency. Finding what works for you can help you stay consistent and reach your mental health goals.