Nurses and Journaling

What is journaling?

The web MD definition of Journaling is “Journaling is the act of keeping a record of your personal thoughts, feelings, insights, and more. It can be written, drawn, or typed. It can be on paper or on your computer. It’s a simple, low-cost way of improving your mental health. “


Why should I journal?

From the University of Rochester Health Encyclopedia, journaling benefits include

  • Managing anxiety
  • Reduces stress
  • Coping with depression

Journaling helps control your symptoms and improve your mood by:

  • Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
  • Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
  • Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors


What should I write about?

If you are stuck for ideas on what to journal about, below are several prompts to start with.

  • What’s something I’m really proud of myself for this week? 
  • List five good things about today.
  • What are the things that make you feel relaxed and at peace?
  • What have you done lately just for you?
  • What is one thing you can do today to reduce stress in your life?


Where should I journal?

And while any notebook, blog or word document will work for journaling, below are a few journals made specific for nurses that can help you on your journal journey.

Overtime Journal, daily pages and prompts to help nurses

Self-Care Journal for Nurses: A Journal with Prompts to Relieve Stress, Prevent Burnout, and Practice Mindful Thinking Daily

Nurses Journal for Effective Reflective Writing – with Prompt: Reflection Journal Notebook