For many, the opportunity to reflect on life and its challenges is rare. It is so easy to get caught up in daily expectations and responsibilities. Journaling can provide people with an opportunity to do some of that reflection and contemplation. Advocates of journaling often note how liberating it can be to put thoughts and feelings down on paper. Those who journal also report that they frequently develop plans to deal with their issues that might not have been considered without the journaling process. It can provide people with the time and space to collect their thoughts and make plans for change. All of these functions, “personal time”, “reflection”, and “planning” are elements of self-care. Journaling is one way to make time for these important personal needs.