Journaling: creating space for "I"

Creat Nurs. 2010;16(4):180-4. doi: 10.1891/1078-4535.16.4.180.


As nurses engaged in a caring profession, it is critical that we learn not only to care for others but also to care for ourselves. To care effectively for ourselves, we must create the space and time in which to do this. Journaling is one tool that scholars offer as a way to create this space. Although there is no clear consensus about the best techniques for journaling, there is evidence that journaling, as a reflective, meditative activity, can promote creativity, self-awareness, and personal development.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Autobiographies as Topic*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Creativity
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy
  • Humans
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Self Care* / methods
  • Self Care* / psychology
  • Self Concept
  • Thinking
  • Writing*