Make Journaling A Habit

Make Journaling A Habit

Why You Should Journal Daily


In today’s fast-paced world, where we are constantly bombarded with information and distractions, it can be challenging to take a moment to reflect on our lives. Journaling is a powerful tool that can help us slow down and process our thoughts and emotions. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of journaling and why you should make it a part of your daily routine.

What is Journaling?

Before we dive into the benefits of journaling, let’s define what it is. Journaling is the act of recording your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a notebook or digital format. It can take many forms, including daily reflections, gratitude lists, and goal setting. The key is to make it a regular practice and commit to doing it consistently.

Benefits of Journaling

  1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety – Journaling has been shown to be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. By putting your thoughts and worries on paper, you can gain clarity and perspective. This can help you process difficult emotions and feel more in control.

  2. Improves Mental Health – Regular journaling can also improve your overall mental health. It can help you identify negative thought patterns and work through them. Additionally, journaling has been shown to boost mood and increase feelings of well-being.

  3. Increases Self-Awareness – Journaling is an excellent tool for self-reflection and self-discovery. By recording your thoughts and experiences, you can gain insight into your behavior and emotions. This can help you make positive changes in your life and develop greater self-awareness.

  4. Enhances Creativity – Journaling can also boost your creativity. By regularly engaging in the act of writing, you can train your brain to think more creatively. Additionally, journaling can help you generate new ideas and insights.

  5. Improves Memory – Finally, journaling can also improve your memory. Writing down your experiences and thoughts can help you remember them more clearly. This can be especially helpful for processing and remembering important events in your life.

How to Start Journaling

If you’re new to journaling, it can be intimidating to know where to start. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Choose a Format: Decide whether you want to journal in a physical notebook or using a digital platform. There are many apps and websites available that can make digital journaling easy and convenient.

  2. Set a Schedule: Decide when you will journal and how often. Aim to make it a daily practice, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.

  3. Keep it Simple: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to write a certain amount or to create a perfect piece of writing. The goal is to simply record your thoughts and feelings.

  4. Focus on the Positive: Consider starting each entry with a list of things you’re grateful for or a positive affirmation. This can help set the tone for a productive and uplifting journaling session.

  5. Finish with a Takeaway – Not that kind of takeaway! When you journal, try to finish by connecting with something you have learned from the experience you are journaling about, or a takeaway that has come from writing in your journal.

Using prompts

A lot of journals these days come with prompts in them, and I think this is a fantastic idea, especially if you are new to journaling or need some structure. If you idon’thave a journal with prompts, then try using some of these or create your own:

  1. What are three things that you are grateful for today, and why?
  2. Describe a moment when you felt truly happy, and what made you feel that way.
  3. Write about a challenge you are currently facing, and brainstorm some potential solutions.
  4. What are some things you have learned recently that you find interesting or useful?
  5. Write about a person who has had a significant impact on your life, and why they are important to you.
  6. Describe your ideal day, from start to finish.
  7. What are some goals you have for the next month, and how do you plan to achieve them?
  8. Write a letter to your younger self, giving advice or encouragement.
  9. What is something you have been putting off that you know you need to do? Write about why you have been avoiding it, and what steps you can take to start tackling it.
  10. Reflect on a recent mistake you made, and what you learned from it.

I hope these prompts help inspire your journaling!


Journaling is a powerful tool that can help you reduce stress, improve your mental health, increase self-awareness, enhance creativity, and improve memory. By making it a daily practice, you can reap the many benefits of this simple yet effective tool.


You might also be interested in downloading a copy of my 98-page Self-Care Journal for Women. It’s a fabulous way to start a journalling habit focused on self-care, which is so important for so many women in this world.


  1. Can journaling be done on a computer? Yes, journaling can be done on a computer or other digital device.

  2. Is it necessary to write in a journal every day? While it’s not necessary to write in a journal every day, doing so can be beneficial for establishing a routine and making it a habit.

  3. Can journaling be therapeutic? Yes, journaling can be a therapeutic practice that can help you process difficult emotions and experiences.

  4. Are there different types of journaling? Yes, you can create a Gratitude Journal, or a Daily Goals Journal, or even a Today’s Learning’s Journal. You can also just write about your experiences including your inner thoughts and feelings. 

  5. Can men do journaling? Of course, silly!

 If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or book in a session in person or by phone/video.

Michelle xx

Stop Self-Criticism

Stop Self-Criticism

Tips for Overcoming Negative Self-Talk

Self-criticism is an internal dialogue that can be harsh, self-destructive, and often irrational. Negative self-talk can lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and a host of other mental health issues. While it is natural to have some negative thoughts about oneself, constantly dwelling on these thoughts can be harmful to one’s well-being. In this article, we will explore ways to overcome negative self-talk and reduce self-criticism.

What is self-criticism?

Self-criticism is a common behavior in which an individual judges oneself harshly, often focusing on perceived weaknesses or shortcomings. This type of internal dialogue can be destructive, leading to feelings of shame, guilt, and low self-esteem. Self-criticism can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as personal failure, social comparison, and trauma.

Understanding the effects of self-criticism

Self-criticism can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health and well-being. Negative self-talk can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Self-criticism can also lead to behaviors such as perfectionism, avoidance, and social withdrawal.

Challenging negative self-talk

Challenging negative self-talk is a critical step in overcoming self-criticism. This involves identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with more positive and realistic self-talk. One effective way to challenge negative self-talk is to ask oneself questions such as, “What evidence do I have that this thought is true?” “Even if it seems true, is it helpful?” and “Would I speak like this to a friend?”

Practicing self-compassion

Self-compassion is an essential tool for reducing self-criticism. This involves treating oneself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. It’s recognising that you are a human being and all human beings are flawed and imperfect. It’s important to remember that we all makes mistakes, and that it’s okay to be imperfect. Everyone is deserving of compassion, love and belonging…including you! Practicing self-compassion can help reduce negative self-talk and promote feelings of self-worth.

Cultivating self-awareness

Cultivating self-awareness is another critical step in overcoming self-criticism. This involves becoming more mindful of one’s thoughts and emotions, and developing an understanding of the underlying causes of negative self-talk. Developing self-awareness can help individuals identify triggers for negative self-talk, and develop strategies to manage these triggers. If you would like to learn more about Mindfulness, you can download my Mindful Meditation For Beginners Workbook here.

Building self-esteem

Building self-esteem is another important tool for reducing self-criticism. This involves identifying one’s strengths and accomplishments, and celebrating these successes. It is also important to set realistic goals and acknowledge progress towards these goals. Building self-esteem can help individuals feel more confident and capable, reducing negative self-talk.

Seeking support

Finally, seeking support is essential for reducing chronic self-criticism. This can involve talking to a trusted friend, family member, or a mental health professional if your inner critic is especially harsh. Professional support can help individuals gain perspective, identify triggers for negative self-talk, and develop strategies to manage these triggers.

In conclusion, self-criticism is a common behavior that can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health and well-being. Challenging negative self-talk, practicing self-compassion, cultivating self-awareness, building self-esteem, and seeking support are all effective strategies for reducing self-criticism. By incorporating these tools into one’s daily routine, it is possible to overcome negative self-talk and promote feelings of self-worth.

Michelle xx

Put Yourself First For Once

Put Yourself First For Once

“‘The Importance of Self-Care

As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Yet, so many of us find ourselves constantly putting the needs of others before our own, neglecting our own self-care in the process. This can lead to burnout, low self-esteem, and a sense of dissatisfaction with life. But it’s time to make a change. It’s time to start putting yourself first for once.

Why Self-Care is Important

Self-care is not selfish. In fact, it’s an essential aspect of living a healthy and happy life. When we take care of ourselves, we’re better equipped to take care of others. We’re more energised, more focused, and more resilient. Self-care encompasses a wide range of activities, from getting enough sleep and eating well to engaging in hobbies and spending time with loved ones. It’s about taking the time to prioritise our own physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Building Self-Care into Your Routine

One of the best ways to put yourself first is to build self-care into your daily routine. This can include anything from taking a relaxing bath or going for a walk, to meditating or practicing yoga. It’s important to find activities that work for you and that you enjoy. Self-care shouldn’t feel like a chore, but rather a pleasurable and fulfilling part of your day. Additionally, scheduling “me-time” into your week can help ensure that you’re making time for yourself on a regular basis.

Saying “No” More Often

Saying “no” can be difficult, especially if you’re a chronic people-pleaser. But learning to say “no” is a crucial part of putting yourself first. It’s important to remember that you don’t owe anyone anything, and it’s okay to prioritise your own needs and wants. Saying “no” can be empowering, and it can help you set boundaries and take control of your own life. It will also help you respect yourself and gain respect from others.

Doing Something Fun Every Day

Life can be stressful, and it’s important to take time to enjoy the little things. Even if it’s just for five minutes, doing something fun every day can help boost your mood and improve your overall well-being. This can be anything from watching your favorite TV show to engaging in a hobby you enjoy.

Stopping Things that Don’t Fill You Up

It’s easy to get caught up in doing things that don’t add value to our lives. Whether it’s saying “yes” to social events we don’t really want to attend or taking on extra responsibilities at work, it’s important to acknowledge when something isn’t serving us and to let it go. This can be difficult, but it’s essential that we make space for the things that truly matter. Remember, you are designing your future with every decision you make today.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Social media has made it easier than ever to compare ourselves to others. But the truth is, comparison is the thief of joy. When we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others, we’re putting ourselves at the bottom of the list and setting ourselves up for disappointment. Instead, focus on your own goals and achievements. Run your own race and celebrate your own successes.


Putting yourself first is not selfish. It’s essential for living a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. By building self-care into your routine, learning to say “no,” doing something fun every day, letting go of things that don’t fill you up, and stopping the comparison game, you can start prioritising your own needs and wants. Remember, you are responsible for you. And that’s something to take seriously and celebrate.

Michelle xx