During my long process of recovery I found journaling an indispensable aid and I know I could not have recovered without doing it. I totally recommend journaling as a tool to recover one's mental health. This is taken from a recent newspaper article, and which I think's extremely useful: It's not necessarily a love of paper that attracts us to those first untouched pages of a writing book - it's science! Humans are designed to write things down. From a scientific perspective, writing: Accelerates information processing Increases memory and learning Improves critical thinking Has a unique relationship with the brain that creates patterns From a wellbeing perspective, writing" Provides clarity and purpose Simplifies and transforms ideas into workable actions Creates calm Brain scans show that the handwritten formation of letters and symbols activates brain regions that are responsible for thinking, learning, memory and information management, which are not activated by the tapping of keys. Research illustrates that this is further enhanced when we link our letters instead of printing each one.