Get Writing! Journaling For Mental Health


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Many people think of journaling like writing in a diary, however, they are quite different. A diary is a place to record events as they happen where as a journal is used to explore ideas. A journal is a place to create a bucket list or gratitude list, explore dreams, contemplate goals and more. Below we note the benefits of journaling and just how to get started!


What are some benefits of journaling?

  1. Stress reduction

  2. Better relationship with yourself

  3. Helps clarify feelings

  4. Increases problem solving

  5. Enhances creativity

  6. Improves memory

  7. Aids anxiety & depression

  8. Helps with goal achieving

  9. Better sleep


What exactly do I write in a journal?

If you are not sure exactly where to start or what to write in your journal, put your pen to paper and try asking yourself a few simple questions like:

  • How do you feel right now?

  • Why do you feel that way?

  • How do you want to feel?

  • What can you do to feel that way?

Another option is using a guided journal which will offer you thought provoking prompts.


How often should I write in a journal?

There is no right answer, but 3-4 times per week for 15 minutes can be incredibly beneficial.


“My recommendation is to think of expressive writing as a life course correction. As opposed to something you have to commit to doing every day for the rest of your life.” -Dr. Pennebaker (New York Times, 2018)



What supplies do I need for journaling?

Though a quality "notebook" that won't fall apart and good writing pen/pencil are a must, you might also want to have the following close by:

  • Sticky notes

  • Colored pencils

  • White out or correction paper

  • Highlighters





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