Try Self-compassion journaling

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Throughout our Show Yourself Kindness challenge, powered by CeraVe, you’ve been building a better understanding of your inner voice. Now think of journaling as having a relationship with that inner voice.  

Sometimes your inner voice becomes hypercritical or starts to weigh you down. During those times, it can be harder to give yourself grace. For many people, journaling brings a sense of relief, like a weight has been lifted from their shoulders. That makes it a perfect stress-reliever for nurses. 

Pull out a notebook and jot down when you accomplish something that makes you proud. Keep the notebook with you throughout the day. You won't believe what good feelings you create by focusing on the positivity in your life and what you’ve achieved.  

Another journaling idea is to write a letter to yourself from the perspective of a loving, imaginary friend. What advice would that friend give you? How would they motivate you to keep moving forward? Reflect on how this friend loves and accepts you exactly as you are. This friend knows your past yet appreciates you wholeheartedly, without judgment. Infuse into your letter a sense of that acceptance, kindness, and heartfelt concern. 

Love the idea of journaling? Learn how to use it more often to unwind and destress. You can also sign up for this FREE Narrative Expressive Writing Journal program that offers five weeks of writing prompts.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Apr 30, 2021 7:00 AM America/Chicago

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DoreenAdamsRN‍ here's the link again - see if this works:  https://redcap.ucdenver.edu/surveys/?s=JELEAEPNA8
  • Posted Tue 04 May 2021 11:16 AM CDT
I’ve attempted several times to use the link for the expressive writing prompts but it will not work. Is there an issue with the link?
  • Posted Mon 03 May 2021 06:00 PM CDT

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