Journal About What You Appreciate About Yourself
If you have anxiety, depression, or generally want to improve your mental health, Tory White, MS, MFCT, EMDR, said to start journaling about what you enjoy about yourself. It could be how selfless you are or something as simple as writing about your infectious laugh — nothing is off-limits.
"Asking a client to journal about what they appreciate about themselves or a time they discovered something unique or special about themselves starts the repair," Tory explained. She recommends this type of journaling because "therapeutic journaling helps form a healthier view of self to build self-esteem back." Ideally, this will lead to self-forgiviness and repairing negative internal thoughts, according to Tory. To get started, she recommends starting your entry with, "I accept myself because . . ." or "I'm doing my best because . . ."