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Journaling: Healthy Living Through Self-Discovery

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of the course is for the learner to provide an overview of the healing aspects of journaling, including the use of journaling as a stress-reduction tool, to describe how journaling is used for health and healing, and explain guidelines and tips for successful journal writing.
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Writing has been an important part of the human experience for centuries but has only recently been recognized as a therapeutic tool for healing. Used to document personal and historical events, describe emotions and feelings, reduce stress, and explore creativity, journaling allows individuals to develop a deeply personal relationship with themselves.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define journaling.
  • Explain the purpose of journal writing.
  • Identify the health benefits of journaling.
  • Describe journal writing styles and themes.
  • Discuss tips for successful journal writing.

For centuries, people have kept personal records and logs of important information about everything from lunar eclipses, famines, and changes in world leaders to personal information about the trials and tribulations of life in many different settings. Journals, or diaries, have provided powerful insights into the past.

Originating from the French word journée, meaning “from sunrise to sunset” or “the distance travelled in a day,” journals began as a means of guidance on long trips or as a way to orient the traveler home. Diarists have long described historical events, and explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and Admiral Robert Peary all kept personal accounts of their adventures (Seaward, 2014; Thompson, 2011). “Many important historical perspectives have been gained from the written passages of Vermont farm wives, homesteaders on the Oregon Trail, schoolteachers in the Southeast, and panners in Alaska’s Klondike gold rush” (Seaward, 2014, p. 245). Anne Frank wrote one of the most famous journals, depicting her life as she and her family and four friends hid from the Nazis during World War II. Translated into several languages, made into films, theater productions, and even an opera, Anne Frank’s diary has profoundly affected millions of readers through the years. Today, U.S. presidents (following in the tradition of John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Harry S. Truman) as well as space shuttle astronauts keep daily journals.

During the past half century, journaling began to be used in individual therapy with other coping techniques for personal growth as well as in programs such as Outward Bound (a risk-taking program loosely based on American Indian rite-ofpassage customs) and vision quest programs (where participants often embark on multi-day self-exploration programs) (Seaward, 2014; Seaward, 2016).

Many individuals keep diaries as adolescents, when they write about everything from mundane thoughts to deeply moving events. As they transition to adulthood, they may leave the diary behind but still kept to-do lists, appointment books, notes on calendars, or perhaps boxes of poems, short notes, ideas for another day, and lists of goals or dreams. Even these abbreviated entries provide sketches of their lives (Rew, 2009).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


Practice Level:


Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

September 25, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.