Journaling for self-care

Writing is accessible and useful, and also helps increase your awareness of your feelings. Consequently, it clears your mind and offers a safe place to release your emotions and thoughts. When you express your experiences through writing, you look at your feelings, circumstances, and desires with clarity. It gives some insight into understanding what’s happening by supporting and prioritizing your goals, dreams, and hope.

Reflective writing

It improves decision making and critical thinking. Journaling keeps a record of the progress you made toward your goals; by supporting your motivation to reach them and keeping you accountable. Several studies show that personal writing help people cope with stressful events, relieve anxiety, and boost the immune system.


Benefits of journaling

Writing with a pen and paper is a powerful life skill. Not only you express your thoughts and emotions freely, without any judgement. But also, it helps you understand where you stand in any situation.

You have many benefits of journaling; Mainly, you concentrate on your mental health aspect and the positive impact of writing on your well-being. 

Journaling removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to understand yourself better, others and the world around you.


Writing brings out thoughts and ideas, you may did not know you have.

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  1. Reduce stress- When you express your anger and other painful emotions, it reduces stress by calming and clearing your mind.
  2. Conflict resolution- Put on paper what happened during an argument, help you understand both sides of the story. By taking into account the point de view of others; You focus only on the problem instead of the person.
  3. Know yourself- Take the time to sit to write how you feel inside. It helps to see what affects you and the way you react. By doing this exercise gives you a deeper understanding of yourself.
  4. Mindfulness- journaling is a tool for reflection and growth. Write with a goal in mind to reduce stress, increase motivation, or gain self-awareness.
  5. Boots your memory-It keeps your brain in good shape. Not only does it boost your memory and comprehension, but it also increases your working memory capacity, which improves cognitive processing.
  6. Heal-Acknowledge and confront your emotions allows the healing process to take place. Journaling is healthy and a positive coping mechanism to face overwhelming emotions.
  7. Self-confidence-Through the process of writing and reflecting, you find natural self-confidence by recognizing personal goals and intentions. Focus on what you did right and your accomplishment.
  8. Achieve your goals- it’s vital to have a list of your goals and visions. Write your steps on how you can achieve your goals. You commit better when you write everything on paper; it also allows you to go back and make a change if need.

How to start journaling?

It can be hard to start writing your thought and emotions; But with so many benefits, take your chance and give it a try. You will see many improvements in your daily life. I start writing at a young age a journal, but at this time, it was called a dairy. It’s compelling to express how you feel, your goals or everything else you want to say but cannot, for any reason. You can go through any time and see your accomplishment and how far you went.

  • Invest in a pen and a journal to start your journey of journaling.
  • Write in the morning; your mind is quieter.
  • Put your thoughts every day to make a habit of writing.
  • Make time in your busy day into your journal.
  • Don’t judge yourself; you can write about anything inside. It’s for you.
  • Put your dreams, goals, challenges to come back in a few weeks or months and see your accomplishment.
  • Have difficulty to know what you write, ask you one question or find one subject and write on it.
  • Use your inner child to write about something you are to shy to do as an adult.
  • Practice gratefulness and use your journal to be thankful for what you have.
  • Keep your journal private; it’s for you. You can write whatever you want inside.
  • Draw and do collage if you have difficulty writing.

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Published by Catherine A. Life Coach

Thank you for taking the step of seeking support. Catherine is a counsellor/psychologist, a certified relationship and family coach, Stress Management Coach, Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation Practitioner and other relevant qualification. Over 20 years in helping clients with relationship issues and feeling good in their mind and body.

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