How to Journal as a Tool to Process Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma


Take a 90 second pause. 90 seconds is the difference between a reaction and a response.

Nicholle Nattress

Nicolle Nattress

Nicolle Nattrass is a homeschooling mother, an advocate for Maternal Mental Health, and has been blessed to have a few careers: as a professional actor and writer as well as a Certified Addiction Counselor.

Nicolle is creator and designer of 4 Creative Journaling programs that focus on self-care and mental wellness. She is part of the Journal Council, for the International Association for Journal Writing and is a contributing author of two new books, Transformational Journaling for Coaches & Clients: The Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing (Routledge Press, 2021) and the Great Book of Journaling (Mango Publishing 2021).

Nicolle values creating environments where tender-hearted conversations can be held and where a trauma-informed lens leads. She wrote her first book, Just the Two of Us: A Soft Place for Tender Hearts to Land, a new book on how to use journaling with children to process stress, anxiety and trauma (The Zebra Ink, NY).


Am I surrendering to this moment right now? Is the theme of my day manifesting in my day?

Nicolle Nattress, author of Just the Two of Us

Nicolle’s Advice for Homeschool Parents:

  • Write your feelings in a journal.
  • Sit with your child and doodle together.
  • Write a word on your journal and just doodle around the word.
  • Doodling is a massage for the brain.
  • Have a theme word for the day. And check in throughout the day to determine if you’re living by that word.
  • Create a morning journalling routine to tune in to what you need.
  • Get curious about your feelings and other people’s feelings.
  • Get curious about the world around you and your kids will too.
  • Journal for just 2-8 minutes a day.
  • Treat yourself more: you’ve done amazing this year!

Something happens when we put it out of our minds and put it on the page. My thoughts and my feelings matter.

Nicolle Nattress

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