77 Self-Discovery Journaling Tips from Therapists
Journaling allows us to explore our own minds, reflect, and discover things about ourselves that we might not have known otherwise. As an artist and author Create your own peace managed journal, Meera Lee Patel, previously told mindbodygreen, “The purpose of journaling is to awaken conscious thinking, which is simply to have an honest conversation with yourself.”
She adds that it’s a great way to get to know yourself a little better, noting, “Through journaling, I’ve learned to organize my thoughts, reduce stress, and challenge certain ideas and habits that were previously considered a part of me.”
Research on journaling also supports this. Numerous studies show that journaling can help with everything from increasing your own emotional awareness to improving your mental well-being. as one 2018 study1 notes that in a weblog protocol, participants showed fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety after one month of journaling and greater persistence after the first and second months compared to usual care.
Journaling prompts are simply questions or statements to inspire you to write. If you’re not sure where to start or what to write about, they’re a great way to get started, as the prompts to choose from are virtually endless. (That said, here are our favorite guided journals if you’d like to purchase them.)