by Debra Beck

Using a Journal is the Best Advice for Teenage Girls

When you use a journal to write thoughts and feelings that are often hard to express verbally, it allows those feelings to have a place to go instead of being trapped inside of you. If feelings are stuck inside of you, they can start to compound and anxiety can set in. When anxiety becomes so overwhelming that you don’t know what to do with it, it can turn into depression. So when you are unable to express your feelings verbally to a friend, or to people upsetting you, a journal becomes a tool to express feelings you either cannot express out loud or choose not to express.

Journaling is a great way to express your feelings

Writing in a journal also allows you to put things down without judgments from anyone else. You don’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing or being misunderstood. In addition, when you get your feelings out on paper it helps you get clear on the issues you may be dealing with. Expressing your feelings, then looking at what you wrote, gives you a tool to examine what is really going on inside you.
Journaling is an empowering and confidence-building tool for teenage girls and young women.

Teenage girls who journal learn inspiring ways to express themselves

A journal can also be a place to keep ideas, poems, your possibilities, the things you are grateful for, and all sacred things.

“My journal is a place I go to write, when I am feeling sad, happy, confused, even creative, it is a safe place to write down all of my feelings without judgments. It is hard to explain how comforting it is for me and how it helps me figure difficult situations out. Thanks Debra! Great idea.”

Journaling is an empowering and confidence-building tool for teenage girls

My suggestion for keeping a journal, is first to find a journal that you love…maybe even make it yourself. Ask family members to honor your privacy by not reading it. Then start writing in it daily–just thoughts and feelings. Review what has been written regularly to see if it helps you understand yourself and the challenges in your life.

Your private journal can be the positive, supportive,

encouraging friend you need

As a young girl as well as as an adult, journaling has been an important part of my life. It is like a best friend that is always there, without judgments, helping me through hard times.

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Teen and parenting mentor Debra Beck, who has spent over 20 years working with teens and parents, is a devoted mother, sought-after presenter, and author. She has helped thousands of girls develop their self-esteem. She now runs her popular parenting website,, publishes the “Empowered Teens and Parents” newsletter, encourages girls to be the best “young women” possible, and gives moms and dads the understanding they need to help their girls mature with pride and confidence.
Debra has helped thousands of teenage girls with their self-esteem. Her award-winning book “My Feet Aren’t Ugly: A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out”, has been revised and updated for re- release in September 2011 with Beaufort Books.