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Improve Your Self-Esteem with Journaling

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  • Keeping a journal does not have to be a pen/pencil and a book. I find it incredibly difficult to hand-write anything for any length of time. So, I keep my journal on my computer. Not a blog, although I have those, too, but just a folder on my computer that only I have "rights" to. Hopefully, no one will ever read it or it will only be read when I am gone. It helps me pull stuff out of myself and write it down, I re-read to see if I made sense...and sometimes edit, when I don't think I'm accurately expressing how I feel about things.
    Another valuable tool is to re-read older entries. You'd be surprised to see how you felt about something in the past and how your own attitudes might have changed.
    All in all, keeping a journal, in whatever form it takes, is a valuable tool to improving yourself and finding your balance and center in this world. Good luck!
  • I really liked the artical
  • I find being complimentary about myself so difficult but this is a really good idea. I'll defnitely have to add the 5 things list to my journalling at the end of the day.
  • I have always been a writer, and to have a designated place and subject appears as though it will be very psitive. I have brain damage, and sometimes my mind just wanders (usually in conunction with my legs to the fridge). Will use this as a first line of defense against emotional/tired/eating for reasons other than hunger blocker.
  • Thank you for this idea. I've known for a long time my biggest problem is what I think and say of myself. This is a great idea. Hopefully it will teach me to say positive things about myself, instead ot the negative. Thank you.
  • REDSHOES2011
    Shouldn't have to make a blog private to avoid unwanted comments friendly or other wise. Should have a level of privacy button to protect ourselfs from unwanted comments to issues intended for own eyes in single issue blog.
    If the button is there we would feel more safe. This privillege is enjoyed free on most other blog web sites. Sparkspeople clearly doesn't understand this need.
  • Definately something I need to do, I'm my worst enemy (wow....negative self talk again). I think I'll go buy me a pretty journal book and start tomorrow evening.
  • I love keeping a journal, it helps me to stay focused on my goals.
  • The easiest way to keep a journal is either to keep it and a pen by your bedside and include it as part of your pre-bed routine, or to carry a small one in your purse and write thoughts throughout the dy when you have a break. I have 54 journals. I'd have more if I wrote in them every day. ;-)
  • I have been journaling since June 1986. It has been a godsend (for lack of a better word at the moment). I can see how I've changed and grown in some areas and stayed the course in others. I always feel better after journaling and highly recommend it.
  • I disagree with the "this applies to all walks of life" on page 1, simply because my grandfather always graded his own children harder in his classroom than he did the other students who were not his children. My dad told me so. However, I'm grateful for this article overall!
    That 's why I blog everyday, its keeps me in the guidelines of my plans and feed gives me encouragement by other members.
  • Love this idea! I've been keeping a journal for almost a year now....has really helped me.
  • I miss the "print" feature that SP articles used to have. I liked to keep a little notebook of them. Is there a good reason why it's gone?
  • Journalling has always made me see the truth in whatever I was journalling about. I would write and write and then reread it. It made me honest. To journal for improving self esteem is great too. Sometimes at night I tell myself: you ate a good person, you are a good person, you are a good person. I know I am but I compare other peoples outsides to my insides. I need to remember we are al insecure at some level and at some parts of our lives.

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