Journaling as Self-Care

Journaling As Self-Care
Journaling can be super therapeutic!

Welcome to the first in a mini-series of topics related to journaling as Self-Care

Today, I want to talk about how writing or journaling can be a great way for you to practice self-care.

But first, we should probably define self-care. 

According to dictionary dot com, it has a couple of definitions. One is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. The other is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.

When it comes to holistic wellness, self-care is something that we can ALL take part in. The nice thing is that many of the practices associated with it can be done for little or no money. That’s true for today’s topic.

How To Practice Journaling as Self-Care

Writing and journaling are great ways to practice self-care. Whether you’re having a good day or a rough one, it can be helpful to get your thoughts down on paper, and out of your head. It can also be very cathartic after a long day, or even just a long few hours. So, when do people usually journal? That’s a tough one. Each person is different but I have seen patterns, in my own journaling, and with others that I am close to who also do this.

Most people write just before going to bed, while others decide to do it at random times. One reason I love writing, as it relates to self-care, is that you can not only get your thoughts and frustrations out, but sometimes, it turns into a creative outlet too. This may happen for you, and it’s pretty cool!

How to Start Journaling

It takes some effort to start a new habit, and it’s not always easy. One of the things I’ve had to learn is to be consistent. Here are a few ways to help with that.

Write down a time each day to journal (or every other day). This will help you keep the habit going, especially if it’s on a list that you need to check things off.

Think about a prompt, or topic to write about. It doesn’t always have to be about the day. It can be feelings, thoughts that spring up, or just a brain dump. It’s all up to you! And finally,

Let yourself just enjoy it! Nothing is really helping if you start thinking of it as a chore, or something to just “add to the to-do list”. You won’t stick with it that way. 

I don’t suggest using a tablet or computer to write, in this case. Go get yourself a paper journal and a fun pen to use. That way, you feel motivated and look forward to writing. After all, this is self-care, not a chore. Also, you don’t have to do it each day, but try and set aside a couple of times a week, at least to do this amazing activity. 

I also have a podcast called “The Holistic Grotto Podcast” which is what actually inspired this blog. You can find it on any of the major podcast platforms such as Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, and even Audible! Take a listen! Much of the first bits of content will come from there! Here’s the link to the last entry “What Does Holistic Mean?

Well, that’s it for today. I hope to “see” you all back here, next week. Until then, stay well, and remember that self-care is never selfish! Namaste.

2 thoughts on “Journaling as Self-Care”

  1. I love journaling. I’m not consistent with it for various reasons. The main being my hand doesn’t work as well anymore. I think it’s great advice for people to use it for self care though. I do.short quick ones just to get a few thoughts out at times. The advice about feelings that pop up, and not just the day, is great. Thank you.

    1. At the start, do it when you feel that you need to. Sometimes, those short bursts are what leads to longer ones. Personally, I find the short ones easier, and I can be more consistent then when I sit and try to do a long-form entry. Either way, it’s great for self care 🙂

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