How to use journaling to manage emotions.
Set aside a time every day to log your thoughts and feelings. Record the emotions that you felt and try to find reasons for each emotion including cravings. The reason (cause) could be thoughts, people, places, situations or even feelings such as loneliness or boredom. This will allow us to see patterns of thinking that lead to strong emotions such as stress and cravings. When you are journaling, try to express your feelings in words – it need not be pretty nor does it need to sound poetic. This is your own space. It can be difficult to begin with, but you’ll notice that the mere act of logging your feelings can help you think more clearly. This makes it a very useful skill for when you have strong emotions. Make this a habit. When you have a strong urge or craving, log it before you act on it.