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The Healing Power of Writing: Using Journaling for Self-Care

The Healing Power of Writing: Using Journaling for Self-Care

Journaling makes space for our subconscious and conscious minds to mingle. We may start off writing about what we had for lunch. Then, suddenly, the floodgates of our deeper emotions become unlocked. Journaling for self-care can be an incredibly therapeutic activity. It allows us to let ourselves be heard through the page. Many studies have found that journaling reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression for this reason. The best part is that what we write is fully ours to keep, unless we decide to share it with others.

When journaling for self-care, there are many different avenues you could take depending on what you want to focus on. Most commonly, journals are for stream of consciousness thoughts and feelings. However, you could also have a gratitude journal, dream journal, health tracking journal, or creative art journal, to name a few. Utilizing writing prompts is a great place to start, providing a launching point so you don’t get stuck.

Make Journaling for Self-Care a Habit

Making a daily habit of journaling can take time, but it is the best way to truly see the benefits. Choose a time each day that you dedicate to writing. Often, this is first thing in the morning or right before going to bed. Set a timer for the duration of time that feels right for you, be it 10, 20, or 30 minutes. There will certainly be days when you would really rather get on with your day or roll over and go to sleep. Like any self-care practice, though, you will thank yourself if you commit to it. It may be helpful to enlist an accountability buddy in your journaling journey. Reach out to a friend to see if they are okay with you texting them “Done!” when you complete each day.

Image is of a woman in a hat and dress with flowers on it sitting at a wooden desk journaling for self-care.
Photo by @DariusBashar

A Few Prompts to Get You Started:

  • Today I am struggling with…
  • The things I love most are…
  • A thought that keeps looping in my head is…
  • I want to let go of…
  • In my life, I want to feel…
  • A question I need an answer to is…
  • The thing I most need to heal in my life is…
  • My ideal day would look like…
  • What is holding me back from creating the life I desire is…
  • A limiting belief holding me back is…

If you enjoy writing from prompts, try these 9 creative writing prompts for self-reflection and self-care.

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If you find yourself diving into difficult emotional territory, it may be helpful to reach out to a therapist, life coach, or trusted support person to provide guidance around what is coming up for you. Healing can’t always be done alone. It is okay to get support and is often necessary if we are going to truly work on our healing. Having a community like Maidenfolk is another great way to gain connection and accountability around self-care and healing. You may be surprised at what you find once you begin excavating your mind. However, the pursuit of healing is always worth it.

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