How Journaling Can Be A Helpful Tool

Sometimes it can seem like our thoughts and feelings are swirling around in our heads, and it’s hard to make sense of what’s going on. That’s why journaling can be a helpful practice. Journaling may sound a little old-fashioned, but writing is a powerful way to reflect on your life, process your emotions, and problem solve. 

If the idea of writing sounds overwhelming, remember that you don’t need to use perfect grammar or even write in full sentences. You could even draw in your journal if that helps you express yourself better. At the end of the day, journaling is simply a tool that can help you think through important things and succeed in life. 

Here are a few ways you can use journaling to help you thrive: 

  • Process your feelings: Sometimes, you may be dealing with a lot of big emotions, which may leave you feeling overwhelmed. Journaling can help you process all of those feelings, giving you more mental space and energy to deal with everything life is throwing at you. 
  • Write down your goals: Your journal is a great place to write down some big goals and keep track of your progress. Physically putting down a goal with a pen on paper can help you prepare for success. 
  • Brainstorm: If you’re dealing with an issue or need to make a change, your journal is a great place to think through lots of solutions. Once you’ve brainstormed as many solutions as you can think of, circle the solutions that make the most sense to use.
  • Practice communicating: If you need to have a difficult conversation with someone, your journal is a great place for you to practice writing down what you want to say. It’s easy to say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment, so using your journal to thoughtfully consider what you’ll communicate is a great way to build good relationships with people around you, including your coworkers. 


  • What tools and tactics do you use to help you process your thoughts and emotions? 
  • Do you have a specific place where you write down your goals?
  • Do you think taking a few minutes to journal every now and then could be a helpful practice for you?