Journaling for Self Care

Journaling for Self Care

A great way for tuning into yourself is by putting your thoughts on paper, creating powerful solutions, and tapping into power that already inside of you. Journaling for self care can be transformative and soothing, especially during times of decision making and confusion of emotions.

photo by Andrea Plecko

There are a few ways you can go about journaling. Here is a list of five different ways to use journaling for self care:

1. Stream of Consciousness Journaling:

This is no-filter journaling style where whatever occurs in the mind is quickly jotted down onto paper. It’s quick-moving, with at times out-of-place thoughts, but a very effective way to tap into your unconsciousness and see what’s buried underneath. The Artist’s Way’s Julia Cameron calls this “Morning Pages” and suggests them to be done upon waking with 3 pages complete.

2. Journal Prompts:

Prompts are questions for topics/themes/cues to help you with what to write. Use the prompts to give you an idea of where to go with your pen and paper and then let your thinking do the rest of the work! Prompts ideas like:

  • Where can I give more compassion to myself and to others?
  • What are the 3 things that annoy me about others? Do I see that in myself?
  • How can I be a better friend to myself?
  • Today I feel __________________ .
  • I get most frustrated with myself when I _____________ . How can I be kinder when that happens?

3. Bullet Journaling:

This is for those with a little more time on their hands but can be a creative outlet. Bullet Journaling is a great way to be more expressive with your day, your thoughts, and your journaling.

4. Gratitude Journaling

Sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded of what you are most grateful and what better way to do so than keep a journal of the top things that you feel most grateful for that particular day? It’s a good way to keep your head in a mindset of gratitude instead of falling into the easy trap of critique and negativity.

5. Day Recap:

If you are artistic (or at least trying to tap into it your creative side) maybe you can draw a picture that best described your day or of what you are writing about in that particular entry. Sometimes it’s nice to document your life and then fun reread those entries in years time to remember where you were at and what you were thinking.

Cara Ansis is a Self-Love Facilitator and healer, helping women safely enter their own inward journey towards taking better care of themselves. With a master’s degree in Soul Care, she is a certified Spiritual Director and has had the privilege of working with countless women around the country. With her own profound story of self-healing, she now teaches those everyday techniques, rituals, and tools to enable other women connect with their own healing abilities and radically transform their lives. Cara lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Matt and their son, Jaxon.