Journaling for Inner Strength

Journaling for inner strength

Journaling for inner strength is a practice I’ve come to cherish more than any other self care practice because it’s been so instrumental for healing the past and helping me cultivate self-worth.

I’ve been journaling since high school. Mr. Wong, my favorite English teacher, gave us the assignment to keep a daily journal in class. I looked forward to my English class each day because of this form of freewriting. I immediately fell in love with writing for personal reflection and self-inquiry. It has since become one of my go-to tools for self-care and personal growth. Both for me and my coaching clients.

There are many ways to use journaling. For instance, you can write stream-of-consciousness. You do a sort of brain dump of all the thoughts swimming around in your head. Don’t judge or filter your thoughts. Just write what comes to mind and keep the pen moving. It’s great for when you need clarity.

Another format I enjoy using is to respond to journal prompts designed to facilitate authentic, deep self-reflection around a specific topic or issue or about your life in general. This method is excellent for self-discovery, finding inspiration, brainstorming, thinking out of the box, and coming up with creative ideas.

What I’ve discovered over the years is that any method of journaling you use is personally empowering, healing, and cathartic.

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Journaling to connect with your inner-strength

Use these journal prompts to empower yourself and connect with your inner strength.

  • Am I aware of how strong I truly am?
  • In what areas of my life do I give away my power? How do I do this?
  • How would my life be different if I fully and truly accepted myself?
  • In what ways do I look to others for permission? Where in life do I need to give myself permission?
  • When, specifically, could I look inside for the support and encouragement I need, rather than looking to others?
  • When and where do I already challenge and stretch myself in life? In what ways can I acknowledge myself today?

Journaling for inner strength writing assignment:

Over the next week, select one of the above prompts to ponder each day. Then journal for 15-minutes to go deeper and see what comes up for you.

My favorite journals are these journal notebooks because they’re so pretty. Pretty notebooks inspire me to journal. Plus, I always keep an extra copy of this gorgeous journal on hand, too.

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What are some other ways journaling can improve your life?

According to Kaiser Permanente, journaling can help you:

  1. Achieve goals – When you use your journal to write down your goals, you can keep better track of your intentions. This will help you stay accountable and serve as a reminder of what you need to do to accomplish them. Be sure to get specific
  2. Track progress and growth – If you make journaling a regular habit, you can see how much progress or growth you’ve made by revisiting previous entries.
  3. Gain self-confidence – Seeing your progress can also give you a serious confidence boost. You can feel proud looking back at the challenges you faced and seeing how far you’ve come.
  4. Improve writing and communication skills – Writing, like anything, improves with practice. When you journal every day, you’re practicing the art of writing. And if you use a journal to express your thoughts and ideas, it’ll help improve your overall communication skills.
  5. Reduce stress and anxiety – Sometimes negative thoughts and emotions can run on a loop in our heads. This can be stressful when you’re dealing with a challenging situation — it can even make your present situation feel worse. But if you stop and put your emotions down on paper, it can help you release negative thoughts from your mind. As you write, you may even come up with a solution you hadn’t thought of before.
  6. Find inspiration – Leonardo da Vinci drew some incredible invention ideas in his journals. Like him, you can also use your journaling time to brainstorm or let your imagination run wild. The inspiration that may pop up while you’re writing or sketching might even surprise you.
  7. Strengthen memory – The Journal of Experimental Psychology published research that shows how writing your thoughts down can reduce intrusive thoughts about negative events and improve working memory.* Even the simple act of writing something down lets your brain know you want to remember it. That’s why note-taking is such an effective practice when learning something new.
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Journaling for inner strength begins with cultivating the practice of writing in your journal daily. The more you use journal writing, the more natural it will come to you, and the more mental wellness benefits you’ll get from doing it.

Just remember there really is no wrong way to do it. So, just have fun with it. Pick up the pen and your favorite notebook and write!

Here’s to your emotional healing and self-care!

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