While mindfulness and art therapy literature respectively detailed the effects of stress
reduction in patients who suffer from chronic physical or mental illness, there was less research
focus on holistic self-care for the stress reduction needs of health professionals and caregivers.
This study utilized art journaling to investigate the researcher’s art therapy intern experience
working in a pediatric medical facility. This heuristic study attempted to embody the effects of
mindfulness and visual journaling as a self-care tool for managing stress. Results from this
limited study may provide insight into how art therapy interventions and embodied mindfulness
journaling can be used as a holistic self-care tool for caregivers and helping professionals at risk
for chronic stress. Future research studies were recommended.