What is self-trust?
"Self-trust" is the ability to believe in and place confidence in our own experiences, knowledge, and perspectives; to be hopeful in our ability to navigate challenges and reach toward our most important dreams; to courageously give ourselves permission to follow our deepest instincts and values.
Why do we need it?
Self-trust is what enables us to put all the other purposes we’ve explored so far into action. Self-nurture, self-discovery, and self-listening come alive in our daily experiences off of the journal page when we trust ourselves enough to live from the inside out.
How can journaling help us give self-trust to ourselves?
Our journals can be a space where we not only listen to our own voices (self-listening), we go deeper and believe what we have to say, we take what we know to be true for ourselves and we let ourselves feel that knowing in our bones. Our personal writing can also help us talk to ourselves in a permission-giving way, gently opening pathways of possibility with each “it’s okay for me to…”.
Ready to experience it? Here's a quick journal prompt.
What images or metaphors come to mind for you when you think about the word "trust"? As you describe and visualize these images and/or metaphors, what feelings stir in you?
Hi there, I'm Laurie, a private practice therapist and an avid journaler. I write about the intersection between journaling and therapy, helping you cultivate greater emotional and relational wellness via journaling pathways filled with self-compassion, self-nurture, self-discovery, & self-trust.