Character Journal

In Lower School, we want to help students to develop their reflective writing skills through journaling.  

Journaling generally involves the practice of keeping a diary or journal that explores thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life. There are several different ways to do this. Journaling, as a stress management and self-exploration tool, works best when done consistently. Journaling can be stress relieving when the practice is focused on gratitude or emotional processing.  One of the most effective ways to reduce stress with journaling is to write in detail about feelings and thoughts related to daily events. The method you choose can depend on your needs at the time, and your personality; just do what feels right.  

Journaling allows students to clarify their thoughts and feelings, thereby gaining valuable self-knowledge. It’s also a good problem-solving tool; oftentimes, one can hash out a problem and come up with solutions more easily on paper. Journaling can also help you to focus on areas of your life that you like to focus on more often. 

Research shows the following:  

  • Journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions. 
  • It improves cognitive functioning. 
  • It can strengthen immune system response. 
  • It can counteract many of the negative effects of stress.