9 Ways to Nurture Yourself Using Journaling

Journaling is a tried-and-true way to take better care of yourself. It’s the answer given to folks the world over for becoming more mindful about your thoughts. Recording your thoughts, noticing your feelings, and analyzing your actions versus results for all parts of your life will ensure that you have a reason, leading you to reach more of your goals. Here are 9 ways to nurture yourself using your journaling practice.

Brings Focus to the Positives

They say things you focus on develop and grow faster than things you overlook. So, if you want your life to feel more positive and be more successful, pay attention and note the things that are good in your life at least once a day.

Encourages Thought Processing

While you don’t want to dwell on the negatives for the rest of your life, you do want to give yourself time to process your thoughts and let go of the negative things in your life. This will enable you to react positively that helps you understand what happened, as well as take appropriate actions for the future.

Clarify Your Thoughts

Similar to a picture puzzle, your thoughts are small pieces of information you gather throughout your life. Occasionally, there is so much info in your mind that your thoughts can become confusing. This is because some thoughts conflict with each other. To be clear, reflect on the initial thought and restate it differently. Use clear and simple details to express your thoughts.


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Regulate Your Emotions

The problem with emotions is that they get out of control sometimes. Try not to let your emotions control your actions. Instead, learn to regulate your emotions by reappraising the situation and changing the way you perceive it. This helps you change your emotional response to something that’s safe, healthy, and appropriate.

Your Why

The question to ask yourself before you do anything in life is why. Why do you want to do it? Why are you doing it this way? What data has prompted you to do it this way? Writing down your questions, thoughts, feelings, and ideas can assist you to learn more about yourself and discover why you think, say, and do things in a particular way.

Enables You to Express Gratitude

The more you express your gratitude in life, the happier and more positive you will be. It’s funny how these good feelings build upon each other and affect everything you do. However, when you focus on finding something good about everyone and everything, your appreciation grows even more.

Tracks Your Progress

Writing in a journal enables you to track your progress in all areas of your life. You can look back at your entries to identify symptoms of illness or signs of your progress that would ordinarily go unnoticed if you didn’t keep a record in your journal.

Strengthens Your Memory

Memories are not solidified until you give your brain time to reset and organize your memories. A terrific way to strengthen your memory is to journal about everything. When you write your thoughts, ideas, and experiences by hand, you are more likely to remember what you wrote on your paper.

Builds Self-Confidence

As you look back on your life through your journal, you’ll start feeling more self-confident. The main reason is that you’re acting with purpose. You do things for a reason, rather than just reacting as things happen.


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Journaling can help you nurture yourself in a trackable manner, so that you can identify your successful actions and results in each area of your life. The more you journal, the more you’ll remember and want to journal for your own health and wellbeing.

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  • Angel Lewis

    Hello there! I'm Angel, an entrepreneur and writer who grew up in rural North Carolina and now resides in Virginia. My love for writing began during my time at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Over the past couple of years, I've authored two nonfiction books in the personal development genre. Along with writing for adults, I also created 'Ready. Set. Fly!', a children's book that inspires self-confidence and resilience. When I'm not writing, I enjoy gardening, reading, playing games, and spending time with those closest to me.

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5 thoughts on “9 Ways to Nurture Yourself Using Journaling

  1. Thanks for the review of all these life skills that should have been taught in school but weren’t.
    I once heard someone say that school was an interruption in the learning process.
    I feel like they could be summarized as “Stop and think and no more stinkin’ thinkin'”

    1. One of the wonderful things about the internet is that it gives us access to so much more information. The purpose of public education is to give a foundational skill level. It truly is up to us to get more.

  2. Journaling has definitely been my go-to for many of the things on your list – especially gratitude and regulating my emotions. This was a great reminder of why this habit is such an important one to have in my daily routine.

  3. Journaling can be helpful for sure. For me, there’s something about going back and reading what you wrote as a prayer journal and when you receive the answers. You can have a variety of journals. Thank you for sharing this post. ☺️

    Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)

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