How Journaling Can Improve Self-Esteem and Decrease Self-Doubt

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How Journaling can Improve Self-esteem and Decrease Self Doubt: With 20 self-reflecting journal prompts and free journal printable.

Journaling can be a very helpful with many mental health issues especially low self-esteem and rampant self-doubt. Have you ever been extremely anxious, angry, sad, frustrated, and once you spoke to someone, or wrote it down, you felt better? Just being able to express yourself is very important for happiness. Journaling is a fantastic way to express yourself.

Expressing yourself can be a huge self-esteem booster. Why? Because holding your emotions, opinions, and fears in gives power to others around you. You let fear of what others think about what you do and what you say, control you. This often can cause very self-deprecating self-talk. Expressing yourself, your opinions, your fears, and your emotions helps release this fear.

Journaling is also a fantastic way to cope with depression.

Simply, writing down your emotions, stress, anxiety, or fears can help you work through the feelings and can help you understand them more clearly.

To help you get started journaling to help you cope with these emotions here are 20 self-reflecting prompts.

1. Write a list of what you’re grateful for
2. What are your strengths
3. What are your weaknesses
4. How have you changed in the last five years
5. Do you consider how you’ve changed for the better or worse
6. Write a letter to your teenage self
7. If you could run away where would you go?
8. Reflect on the happiest moment in your life? Why were you happy?
9. What is your most treasured possession and why?
10. What is your inner most fear?
11. What is your favorite photo of yourself and why?
12. What inspires you?
13. What is your guilty pleasure?
14. Write about the last time you cried
15. Write about the last time you yelled or felt like yelling.
16. What excites you about your future?
17. What physical characteristics are you most self-conscious about?
18. What is your biggest pet peeve?
19. If you had a theme song what would it be?
20. How often do you feel like you do tasks for praise?

I’ve created some journaling printable templates for you subscribe here.



Do you journal? Have you found it to be helpful? Do you enjoy it? What kinds of things do you journal about?

15 thoughts on “How Journaling Can Improve Self-Esteem and Decrease Self-Doubt

  1. I always pick up tons of notebooks for journaling, but never actually stick to writing each day. But I think it is a great idea and I am going to start!

    1. I do the same thing. But also it’s not always necessary to write everyday to get the benefit of it. Write when you need to. Write when you have something you need to say or express that maybe you can’t any other way. It’s a great stress reliever that way. 🙂

  2. I love journaling but haven’t made the time to do it recently. I didn’t know the benefits of it. Awesome!

  3. I used to journal but stopped. Not sure because I got busy or because I moved on. I am currently taking time every evening to jot down a couple lines of my day.

  4. Writing is a great way to get your feelings out(: I used to keep a journal before I had kids (when I had a little more time.) But I don’t do it near as much as I’d like. I think I’ll use some of your suggested topics and just write(: Thank you for sharing!

  5. I’ve loved journaling so much and this is a great list to come face to face with our emotions. Knowing our strengths and weaknesses, writing letter to teenage self are something I wish to start off with.

  6. Journaling has been something that I have always wanted to do, because it sounds nice and I have heard many benefits to it, just like what you have written above, but I have never gotten to it! This is a great reminder of how great journaling is to the soul. Good thing blogging is a journaling outlet too 🙂 I’m taking baby steps into that!

  7. Thank you for sharing this. I agree that writing is a perfect for anyone who want to improve self-esteem. It also help us to come face to face with our emotions. I think I’ll start journal this year.

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