Journaling: A tool for Stress and Self-Reflection

Over the past couple of years, I’ve really been using journals to capture important moments in my life as well as to de-stress on a daily basis. Journaling is a powerful tool for personal growth, self-reflection and self-expression. I did not always see the benefits of journaling, however since I’ve been doing it consistently, I’ve noticed just how much it has helped me to live a more stress-free life as well as reflect and learn from my successes and failures.


Journaling to Unwind

I’ve always had a diary for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I had one of those little diaries with a key which I thought was so cool. Even though I always had a diary of some sort, I never really used it consistently. Now that I’ve focused on writing in my journal almost everyday, I’ve seen how it helps me to de-stress after a long day.

I am the type of person that analyzes everything in great detail which can cause stress and anxiety, especially when you should be resting. Therefore, I usually journal at night, right before I go to bed, so that I get all of my thoughts out of my head and on paper.

Just like venting to a friend, journaling is a way to express all of your thoughts and feelings in a way that is healthy, therefore allowing you to be much more peaceful and effective in your daily life.


Journaling as a Tool for Self-reflection

Another really important reason why I like journaling is because it allows me to self-reflect in a very detailed way. I am always reflecting on situations, conversations, and events in my life. Especially when major events happen in my life, good or bad, I analyze the situation or circumstance, how I got there and what I can learn from it.

I find I especially learn a lot when I am going through a challenging period in my life. Therefore I take the time to reflect on that experience as I’m going through it so that later, I can learn from it. This process helps me to build wisdom and faith for the next season in my life. It’s easy forget about certain experiences after they’re over if we’re not consciously taking the time to reflect on them and write them down.

I would encourage you to use journaling not just as a fun tool, or as a way to de-stress, but also as a way to reflect on your experiences. You will be able to go back to your journals years from now, and reflect on what you were going through at the time and how you’ve developed to where you are now. What an amazing tool and opportunity!


How do I start? What do I write?

Getting started on anything is the hardest part.

Although there is a science behind journaling, it is not difficult or complicated to do. You can start by simply talking about your day, or a particular conversation or experience you had. You can do a stream of consciousness where you write down everything that comes to your mind. Or you can ask yourself a specific personal question.

Pinterest has an endless amount of pins devoted to journaling topics that can really get your started. One particular pin I like provides a series of journaling questions for self-reflection. Whatever you write about, the important thing is to start!


I hope this post has inspired you to begin journaling! You do not have to be a good writer to journal, it is simply a tool for you to grow personally and document your experiences. If you enjoyed this post, check out my article on how to relax in the midst of stress!

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