We all need self-care, right?! We are human and we are worth it!
Journaling is a form of self-care. It is holistic and mentally therapeutic.
Amongst the (way too many) positives to mention, journaling can help us control our moods, and to identify both negative and positive thoughts. Journal-keeping can also help us prioritize, work out fears, frustrations, and challenges.
“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” – Mina Murray
Five Types of Journaling
There are no set rules for journal writing. Here are five basic types of journaling:
Personal Journal – Journal as if you are having a conversation with yourself. Period.
Pick up your pen and write about your day, and don’t leave out your thoughts and feelings. Write freely and do not hinder yourself with grammar or spelling perfection. Do not be surprised if you end up with a 6-page entry for one day. It happens…and it is a good thing! Remember, this is self-talk and you will learn MUCH about YOU!
Personal journaling can be a great relationship tool. You may describe how you are irritated at a loved one or confused about a co-worker, for example, and suddenly in the midst of writing, you gain a fresh perspective of the relationship. Writing is a quiet deep-thinking way to sort out what can feel impossible.
A personal journal is also a wonderful meditation tool. As you empty out your random (or otherwise) thoughts onto paper, you may unlock things from your mind as the words flow. Scary? Not so much. Think of the peace and resolve you can experience.
Prayer Journal – Write your journal in prayer to God. Consider writing your entries as praise, followed by prayer for others, and then write your personal concerns and prayer requests. If you are a writer, you may find it easier to write out a prayer than to speak it. It is normal!
Gratitude Journal – End or start your day with a short gratitude post. What are you grateful for today? Write your items of gratitude out as a list, or as several sentences (or more) a day.
Health Journal – You can record a myriad of things in a health journal. What did you eat? What form and amount of exercise did you complete? What was your trigger food? When did you feel a boost of vitality (or fatigue)? Later, when you are happy with your results (or not) your journal can be a method for determining what worked and what did not.
Entrepreneur Journal – Record your observations after you meet with a client, after your day ends, or whenever your thoughts are rich with fresh ideas. Journaling is a great tool to help you analyze where you are at and where you want to go. Don’t forget to log your next action steps. This works, trust me, it does work.
Powerful Throughout the Day Journaling
Journaling is typically done once a day, but micro-journaling throughout the day adds a powerful punch to the results.
Imagine journaling prayer/gratitude/and celebration (of your accomplishments) into one short paragraph-length entry ‘as it happens,’ in real-time. It only takes a moment to jot the words onto paper, or on a virtual notepad on your phone.
Here is what it looks like (using Jane in this example):
12/9/20 He (God) has helped me to get the content for my new business published. I prayed for days because I did not know how to get this part of the business started, yet, I now realize that I accomplished what I thought was impossible, and I did it in His grace. It flowed out from me! I did all of this today…in just ONE morning!
So, in this example, Jane attributed her accomplishments to God. She noted that God had answered her prayers. She also gave herself a pat on the back for her achievements.
The sheer act of writing our achievements down is powerful, especially for someone that has trouble identifying these areas of celebration and accomplishment…which are important factors in awareness and self-worth!
Take away: Write it down before you forget it, write it down so you have words to celebrate your accomplishments by!
Sometimes, our accomplishments come to us as revelations, meaning, we learn something surprising about ourselves, or all at once we see what is on the horizon and feel empowered to take the next step. These are perfect moments to jot it down (journal throughout the day). It keeps us accountable and true to ourselves!
Journaling is Not Expensive
Even though there are many beautiful journals available in today’s marketplace, journal-keeping does not need to be expensive. Spiral notebooks are great for journaling. Imagine buying notebooks during back-to-school sales (I’ve paid as low as 10 cents a piece for spiral notebooks).
Do you journal?
Do you journal, or do you have plans to start journaling?
My New Year’s intentions are to continue micro-journaling throughout the day. It has grown to be a powerful tool in my life and business. We are busy people, which means we often forget our achievements, our fresh ideas, etc., and journaling is a way to keep it going.
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3 thoughts on “Journaling is a Form of Self-Care”
Such a brilliant post! And I couldn’t agree more. Back when I was in middle and high school, I was bullied severely- by everyone for everything. Because no one would listen to me any time I cried out for help, my grandmother advised me to write about each confrontation in detail and I did. I was surprised at how much it helped me and I also had a legal record in case my classmates hurt me bad enough to send me to the hospital. Later, I turned my journals into a published book and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you for this post. It will help so many!
Cherie, Your grandmother gave you wise advice! I am so sorry you dealt with bullying. I went through years of that myself.
I, too, figured out how much journaling helped me after I started writing it all out.
Thank you for your kind comments!
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You’re very welcome, Mary. And thank you for your kind words!