Self Care Journal: How to Make a Self Care Journal (with Free Printables)

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Learn how to make a self care journal to set your healthy resolutions for the New Year with these printable journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains not just inspiration blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, it also has pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes that fit your skin type each season. So you can use this journal throughout the year and start at any time.

Printable self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal to set your healthy resolutions for the New Year with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes that fit your skin type each season.

Additionally, there’s also a self care checklist so you remember to take time out for self care at least once a week. I’ve even included a printable front and back cover that you can print onto cardstock to make a completely handmade self care journal if desired.

Keep reading to discover 60 self care journal prompts and my printable self care journal pages. You’ll also learn how to make a self care journal using my free resources. Plus there’s information I received from licensed therapist, Corinne Phillips, on how to break unhealthy habits and addictions through journaling, along with some great ideas and projects you can implement for self care.

Free printable self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal to set your healthy resolutions for the New Year with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes that fit your skin type each season.

DIY Self Care Journal

It’s a New Year and hopefully that means you’ve set your sights on some healthy resolutions to get you through the year. That means taking care not just of your physical health, but your emotional health as well. And what better way to learn how to put yourself first (so you can be there for others) than with a self care journal?

How to make a self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal for inner reflection and emotional health with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes. Plus 60 self care journal prompts and easy self care ideas and projects. #selfcarejournal

Journal Prompts & Ideas

Not sure what to write in your self care journal. If need some direction to get started, then try one of these self care journal prompts for self care and inner reflection.

  • What makes me happy?
  • What goals do I aspire to?
  • Why do the people in my life make me happy?
  • When am I most confident?
  • What does my ideal day look like?
  • Who is someone in your life who should treat me better?
  • What do I want my legacy to be?
  • Today my self care mantra is…
  • How do I enrich the lives of others?
  • What inspires me?
  • I feel most energized when I do or experience these things.
  • What is causing me stress right now?
  • Is there a new craft or hobby I’d like to explore?
  • What actions or bad habits are holding me back from a happier, richer life?
  • What am I proud of myself for?
  • How can I change my morning routine to make it easier?
  • What is my favorite personality trait?
  • What things make me feel powerful?
  • How can I love myself today?
  • What is my best accomplishment?
  • Who is the person I want to become?
  • What advice would I give my teenage self?
  • The words I like to live by are…
  • What makes me unique?
  • How have I changed from the person I was five years ago?
  • What message do I most want to share with the world?
  • Ten reasons why I love myself.
  • What am I afraid of?
  • If I died tomorrow, how do I think I’d be remembered?
  • Who in my life means the world to me and why?
  • What changes can I make to slay my goals?
  • My life feels like magic when…
  • During difficult times, I’ve found that doing this helps the most.
  • What’s something I can do to make my life a delight every single day?
  • Make a list of twenty things that make me smile.
  • Write a list of things I’m grateful for today.
  • If I could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would I go and who would go with me?
  • What does forgiveness mean to me?
  • How does journaling help me?
  • What love means to me…
  • On a scale of 1-10 my mental health is at…
  • What do I wish my parents had done differently when raising me?
  • Write a letter to my mom.
  • What is my biggest regret and what have I done to make amends?
  • I wish for….
  • The two most memorable moments of my life are…
  • What does unconditional love look like for me?
  • I practice self care because I want to feel…
  • Where is my happy space?
  • If my body could talk, this is what it would say.
  • What are three things I’m doing that no longer serve my best interests?
  • Make a list of everything I should say “no” to.
  • What do I love most about life?
  • How will making myself a priority positively impact my life?
  • What changes can I make to get a more restful night’s sleep?
  • When I’m really busy, what activities can I do in just ten minutes to practice self care?
  • How can I better balance my work and my personal life?
  • What is my favorite self care quote?
  • What are the things I truly, deeply need in my life?
  • If I had unlimited resources and zero obligations, what would I do with my life?

Don’t feel like you need to write paragraphs for these journal prompts. You can bullets instead. For best results, however, it’s best not to go more than two days without putting something down on paper.

How to make a self care journal. Learn how to make a self care journal for inner reflection and emotional health with these free printable self care journal pages that are all about self care! This printable self care journal contains inspirational blank journal pages for writing down your thoughts and dreams, as well as pages for setting goals, healthy food recipes, skin care recipes and face mask recipes. Plus 60 self care journal prompts and easy self care ideas and projects to make at home.

How to Make a Self Care Journal

Print the Journal Cover

Print the self care journal cover onto 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. Then cut out the front and back cover. For best results, use a paper cutter to get straight, clean lines. Allow some white space around the black lines of the cover when cutting. (Download here.) I used my Epson Expression printer, which has been a dream to use.

printable skin care recipe and face mask recipe cards

Print the Journal Pages

This journal consists of 12 8.5″ x 11″ pages, each with two journal pages for a total of 24 pages for your self care journal. You can either print all of the pages or simply the pages you want. The pages include two each of the following:

  • Skin care recipe cards
  • Self care checklist pages
  • Healthy recipe cards (here’s one of my fave healthy recipes to try!)
  • Face mask recipe cards
  • Pages for setting healthy goals

printable self care journal pages

There are also fourteen lined journal pages featuring seven different motivational quotes and images.

Simply download the printable self care journal pages then print onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Then cut out the pages the same way you did the cover for the journal. (Download here.)

The pages are slightly smaller than the cover so they fit neatly inside. These printable self care journal pages will even fit inside your Happy Planner!

self care journal pages

Assemble Your Journal

To assemble your journal, use a hole punch to punch holes into both the cover of your journal, if using, as well as the free printable self care journal pages. If you you are using a Happy Planner, you can use those pages as a guide both for cutting out your pages as well as lining up the holes properly.

Once you’ve punched holes into your journal pages, you can either add them to an existing journal, such as a Happy planner, or create a self care journal using the printed journal cover.

To use the provided journal cover, simply position the journal pages between the printed front and back cover. Then loose leaf binder rings to hold the cover and pages together.

Alternately, you don’t have to punch holes into your self care journal pages. Instead, you can use binder clips to hold the pages together in book form. Both methods, however, allow you to remove or add pages as desired.

Printable self care weekly planner stickers

Want printable self care planner stickers for your new journal? Here are a few you might like including these printable self care weekly planner stickers (pictured) from Love2Plan92.

Need more guidance on your self care journey? Check out this amazing sacred self care workbook or this therapy journal for mental health struggles.

Journaling to Break Unhealthy Habits & Addictions

If you’ve been reading Soap Deli News for some time, then you’re probably aware that I started seeing a therapist after a rather difficult end to what was an incredibly short second marriage. She has been a dream with helping me overcome emotional distress and work toward healthy emotional goals.

Recently I started seeing her again to help me break unhealthy habits. Three of the most important tips she gave me to help me break unhealthy habits and addictions were to 1.) not shame myself for these habits and 2.) find something positive to replace the habit you want to stop and 3.) focus on the benefits of breaking that unhealthy happy or addiction and the positive things that come from not doing it. These work for any number of unhealthy habits or addictions including alcohol consumption as well as binge eating.

She also gave me an acronym to use with journaling. That acronym is TICES. TICES stands for:

  • Trigger
  • Image
  • Cognition
  • Emotions
  • Sensations

So basically, when you want to do whatever the unhealthy habit is you want to stop, you consider these five things and then write about them. For example, if you are trying to stop binge eating or give up alcohol (I chose these as examples as are they are so common) and you want to binge eat or drink, then stop and think about these five things. Then write down the following in your journal:

  • What triggered you to want to binge eat or drink
  • What images you see in your head when you are triggered
  • What happened to lead you to the point that you want to binge eat or drink
  • What emotions do you feel from being triggered
  • What sensations your body is experiencing

I also recommend keeping a running list of all the wonderful things you experience both physically and emotionally when you aren’t engaging in that unhealthy habit. For example, if you are trying to quit drinking, then positive results would be weight loss, a more restful night’s sleep, increased productivity, etc. Then think about these positive benefits (rather than the negative results of the unhealthy habit) and all that you gain from quitting whenever you are triggered to engage in that unhealthy habit.

More Ways to Practice Self Care

Looking for more ways to practice self care in your day-to-day life? Try one of these other self care ideas and projects.

free printable self care journal pages ideas prompts

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The Year I Lived With Agoraphobia (And Other Things We Don’t Talk About)

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Sometimes we catch ourselves in a trap of our own making. Which is exactly how I came to be diagnosed with agoraphobia in the first place.

The year I lived with agoraphobia. (And other things we don't talk about.) Sometimes we catch ourselves in a trap of our own making. Which is exactly how I came to be diagnosed with agoraphobia in the first place.

The feeling you get.

Have you ever felt your chest get tight going over an interstate bridge? It’s followed by this onset of panic. You feel like you’re just not going to make off that bridge unless it’s over the side. Any second you could lose control of the car. And so you grip the wheel tighter. Your knuckles turn white. You’re gritting your teeth. Then, finally, finally, you’ve reached the other side.

Where am I going?

I was never one of those career driven people. Like many of us, I didn’t really figure out what I wanted to do with my life (job wise) until I was in my mid-30’s. At that point in my life, I already knew people entering their 40’s who still had no clue what direction they were headed in. So I didn’t really stress over it as much as some people do.

It’s funny because we’re expected to know what we want to do with our lives as soon as we graduate high school. Very few of us are that far sighted. Which is why so many of us change our major at least once, if not twice, in college. Many of my friends, in fact, aren’t even working in the same field as their college major. As for me, I graduated college with a BA in fine arts after 7 1/2 years (and my son along the way) and still had no idea what to do with my life.

The past three years or so have been a whirlwind for me. I’ve started over a few times. I’ve moved a lot. I took a brave leap and quit my day job to become a writer with zero savings. My only business plan was to “write more.” I got married and then divorced again – all in under a year. Most of my friends know me as being extremely gregarious. I’m occasionally overbearing. I ask too many questions. I treat strangers like family. So it’s a surprise to most people when they find out I was once diagnosed with agoraphobia.

How did I get there?

Well, like all stories, this story requires some backstory. The story, as it was told to me, begins around the time my brother was born.

I was 3 1/2 when my brother was born. My dad, who really enjoyed hunting at the time, had promised that he’d stay home to help my mom with my brother. Seeing as he was born in October, however, he sort of maybe took off on a hunting trip instead. So my mother “sent me away” to spend the weekend with my aunt. That way she only had one child to contend with and not two. (And believe me, as a once upon a time single mother, I completely understand.)

My parents also started spanking me sometime around this age. They’d planned on being progressive baby boomer parents who didn’t spank their children. However, I was apparently so “out of control” at this point that they didn’t know what else to do. So, as their parents had done to them, authoritarian punishment was dealt out for childhood infractions – often with a belt. (Which I was told was the better choice when compared to a switch or a paddle.)

Also somewhere within this time frame, I almost drowned at the beach. I also almost choked to death on a popcorn kernel. But then, again, who haven’t these things happened to?

Nonetheless, I was an incredibly shy child around strangers. And new kids. And very often in new places. Looking back I would definitely say I experienced a high level of anxiety when placed in new situations even as a young child.

I would scream and cry whenever my mother dropped me off at daycare. (This upon realizing having a second child meant she had to go back to work.) And I was bad. There was one day that she was forced to take me to work with her because I’d worked myself up from tears into dry heaves.

When I started school for the first time, and every year after throughout elementary school, that first week was always accompanied by a terrible stomach ache each morning.

I did not like the Easter bunny. Nor did I like Santa. These fictional characters were strangers to me. And to be forced into having my photo taken with them meant more tears – and the occasional cry/screaming that emitted by young children in terror.

While I can’t say with any certainty one way or the other if these events had a significant impact on my life, the fact that I remember them (prior to the discovery of the why) is telling. As were the eventual results, which included severe bouts of anxiety, depression, and eventually, agoraphobia.

When I was fourteen, I was the survivor of a much larger trauma. (#metoo) One that I never told my parents about. This of course led to its own unique outcomes and consequences. Destructive behavior. Cutting. Drinking. Behaviors that led to another similar incident when I was sixteen. Something I’ve since learned is way more common than many of us ever realized.

When did it happen?

Fast forward to just before the agoraphobia started. I’m married to my first husband. My son is in elementary school. I’ve been seeing a psychologist for depression and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder.)

The ironic thing about me seeking help for my depression and OCD is that it actually led to my agoraphobia. I had started talking to a mental health professional in an attempt to wrangle my obsessive compulsive behaviors and bring it back under control. I was also exhausted, sad. I slept a lot.

I was exhibiting obsessive compulsive behaviors both at work and at home. At work I was perfect folding shirts and jeans like a crazy person. At home I was also perfect folding shirts and jeans like a crazy person. I was cleaning obsessively and checking and rechecking that everything was always perfectly in place.

What therapy taught me, was that the OCD was my coping mechanism for my anxiety. When I got the OCD under control and stopped those behaviors, that’s when the panic attacks began. The one thing that had helped me cope was taken away. Yet I was still left with unanswered questions on how to heal the root cause of my depression and anxiety to begin with.

Modern medicine offered SSRI’s as the answer. In the end however, holistic therapy was the only thing that addressed the core problem.

It’s all in your head.

I had that first panic attack shortly afterwards while at work. I remember it so clearly. It was the start of the holiday season. Online sales had yet to entirely change the face of retail at this point. So holidays meant hoards of people, many of whom were impatient.

I was working at Gap at the time. And as I was walking across the crowded hall of the mall from Baby Gap to Gap, it hit. It’d been so long since I’d had a panic attack that I didn’t really recognize it as one at first. From there however, my condition spiraled.

I could only avoid having panic attacks at work if I was intensely focused on a task, such as resetting a wall display.

Then it got worse. And it kept on getting worse. However, because the attacks would happen so quickly in succession, and last for so long, I didn’t recognize them as panic attacks. I thought maybe I had developed adult asthma.

I went to my regular doctor. He told me that what I was experiencing was all in my head. I didn’t believe him. My mind wouldn’t let me see those attacks for what they really were. Maybe that meant giving up control to view them that way. I don’t really know. What I do know, is that I was – and still am – quite stubborn.

Testing, testing. 1. 2. 3.

I had my doctor refer me to another physician to be tested for asthma. By the time the tests for asthma came back negative, I wasn’t able to work at all. I had started having panic attacks in the house. Room by room until only my office and bedroom were panic attack free.

Eventually, the only time I didn’t have a panic attack, was if I was in bed reading or watching television.

I couldn’t have a normal conversation. I had panic attacks during telephone calls. My panic attacks were so intense, and lasted so long, that I literally had to pause after every word when talking to catch my breath. It was like I’d run a mile and then tried to have a discussion. My heart still pacing. My lungs still gasping to find air.

My now ex-husband used to come home at lunch while I was in the shower upstairs. He’s sneak into the bathroom just to scare me. When I started locking the bathroom door, he’d jimmy the lock. So I started having panic attacks in the shower. This led to me taking showers in the downstairs basement – where it felt like I could breathe.

I finally accepted my condition as being in my head. I accepted that I was having panic attacks. And, I was diagnosed with agoraphobia. At this point my panic attacks were so debilitating, I was told, had I not been so stubborn, I would have been housebound.

So I started taking an SSRI drug to manage the agoraphobia. Even with a high dose of SSRI medication, I would still have panic attacks. They were what one might consider a “normal” panic attack at that point, accompanied by debilitating tension headaches. So I took benzodiazepines to manage what the SSRI’s couldn’t. (These days I take CBD oil for anxiety, stress and the resulting pain that manifests from these symptoms. Use coupon code: ref0716498 for $10 off.)

Life is all about changes.

I decided to quit my job. (I had the luxury to be able to do so at the time.) For eight months I was a stay at home mother and wife. I mostly learned how to cook – though I’m SO much better now. I read more books than most people do in two lifetimes.

One day, while shopping at Target, I started talking to a stranger in the sales aisle. That was the day I knew I had to do something else with my life. I needed to be a part of the world.

I decided to apply to sell my handmade soaps at our local farmers market on a Monday. I interviewed with market management on a Tuesday. Wednesday, I set up my soaps on top of the concrete tables to sell. I met amazing people. I learned so much. Not just about selling on the market, but about other people and life. I grew. And ever so gradually, I conquered my fears.

Soapmaking, and in turn, selling my handmade soaps on the market, more than anything else, was what really pushed me forward. It’s how I tackled the agoraphobia and anxiety once and for all. It’s how I began to slowly become the person I am today. More than anything, however, it’s how I started healing and finally learned how to be on my own and figure out what I really wanted for my life.

The things we don’t talk about.

Once my first husband and I split up after 9 1/2 years of marriage, I moved back home. Within a few days I’d stopped having panic attacks. They literally just stopped.

Six months later, and during the recession, I finally found a part time job. That job went full time. I learned how to take care of myself. And now, well, I’m here. Growing. Writing. Figuring out the growing and the writing in tandem along the way.

There are lots of things we don’t talk about. But I’m glad, that now, I finally am.

More to explore.

If you enjoyed reading about my journey into and back out of agoraphobia, then I hope you’ll also read my other related article, Online Dating in Your 40’s Is The Equivalent of Running Head First Into a Brick Wall.

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