What is journaling for self care?
Journaling for self care is about taking the time to connect, pause and listen to what your own needs, thoughts, ideas and feelings are. Knowing how to journal for self care helps you to easily identify and address needs, wants, goals and next steps.
Sometimes we need to take time to land on the page before we take those next steps. When the global pandemic, Covid-19 hit, I was grateful to know that I could use my journal as a soft place to land. One of my best friends who is an avid journaler sent me these writing prompts/questions to explore on the page in my journal.
What can I do to nurture myself right now?
Is there a way for me to make one thing easier for myself?
When I feel stress come up I can…(make a list of 5 things that help)
My self-care journal is where I can process, listen to and take care of myself. A place that can hold it all. Writing like this, for even a few minutes (2- 15 minutes) helped me to process a great deal during those initial months.
Whether in my own personal, professional or family life, Journaling for self care is the fundamental tool I use that allows me to access my intuition, knowledge and imagination.
As an author and playwright, I use journaling as a creative tool to collect ideas, thoughts, research, examine structure and open up inspiration. Journals are commonly used to support not only self care for writers but often contain the pivotal moment or impulse to write that book, film, poem or essay.
I encourage clients to explore a self care journal as a grounding tool in between sessions, to further explore questions, issues, thought patterns and decision-making. In my professional life, whether coaching or counseling, I routinely keep a professional journal to record client notes that I can review prior to and after sessions when needed.
Whether you are a business coach for creative entrepreneurs, a stay at home parent, a working professional or an artist, keeping a creative journal whether it is an online self care journal or a bound writing exercise book is highly recommended to improve self care, reduce stress, find clarity and increase joy and enjoyment.
Exploring journaling for self care is a worthy investment in that the process can impact every aspect of your life. Self care is the fuel that can nourish you and moves you forward in your personal and professional lives.