I love journals. I love how writing my problems down makes them seem less small, and writing my hopes and dreams makes them seem more attainable. It’s also nice to once in a while go back and reflect on how far I’ve come, or relive the details of good memories. I don’t always have time to write super in -depth about experiences though, which is where the different types of journals and journaling come in. If you don’t particularly like writing in a journal then don’t give up on them yet! There’s a style for everyone. These are my top 11 favorites.
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This is the one that I use the most. It doesn’t have any fabulous quotes or pictures, but it’s simple lined layout leaves room to just write, write, and write some more. I like to use this journal when I want to recount details of an experience, or vent my frustrations.
2. Travel Journal
The travel journal is great for recording new experiences and adventures. You can also keep track of plane/train times and write down itineraries in it.
3.Bullet Grid Journal
I don’t use this journal very often, but it’s great for jotting down quick ideas or to-do lists. You can also use this one as a “brain dump” journal where you just take 5 minutes and write down everything that comes to mind, no matter how weird and random it is.
4. Visual Journal
This one is great for artists, or those who are aspiring to be an artist. This journal provides sturdy blank pages for drawing and painting your emotions.
5.Adult Coloring Journal
I have to admit that I’m one of those people that got caught up in the adult coloring fad. A few years ago I bought a coloring book and these fine point markers, then was hooked ever since. This coloring journal keeps all of your pages in one place. I like to work through my emotions based on colors. So, if I’m having a bad day then I’ll title a page “my dark space” and color the picture with dark colors, or title a page “my light space” and color the picture with all bright and happy colors. There’s a lot of relaxing that can be done through coloring emotions.
6. The One-Minute Gratitude Journal
I’ve noticed that when I strive to write down even just one positive thing in my journal a day then the rest of my day seems brighter. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our failures and everything that went wrong that day, so this journal can help you get out of that funk and see the good.
7. Daily Food Journal
What we eat plays a huge role in how we fee. I thought I was doing great with eating healthy, until I started recording my daily meals and realized that for breakfast I did okay with yogurt and walnuts, but for lunch I had just a handful of marshmallows! This journal can really be an eye opener into what you actually eat on a day to day basis.
8. Wreck This Journal
This journal is tons of fun! By the time you get to the end it really should be in bad shape. It will walk you through venting your frustrations and tapping into your creative side by dropping it in a puddle, making paper airplanes out of the pages, and so much more! Each journal in the Wreck This Journal series is different so check out this one and see what destructive fun it has to offer!
9. The Belly Book
Perfect for pregnant moms, this journal can help you document some of the most exciting moments of pregnancy, and the not so pleasant moments if you wish.
10. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
This journal will provide you with some great self-reflecting topics on each page to get you started when you don’t know what to say. It’s full of positivity and bright colors.
11. Relationship Communication Journal
These journals can help bring honest communication to relationships that are struggling. For example, this one has topics for Mother and son to write to each other. So, Mom will find a page and write down the answers to her son, then he can read it, and vice versa. It helps a lot with those kids that don’t like to talk about their feelings or are too afraid to speak to their parents about something. I remember writing out my feelings in letters to my parents all the time when I was younger, a journal like this would have been very beneficial. Here’s one for a grandparent and grandchild.
I know a few people who refuse to write and keep journals because they are afraid of what family and friends will think of them if they are read after the writer dies. I did something a little crazy…and wrote instructions of my journals in my will. When my husband and I wrote our wills, I added in there that after I die my little sister gets the journals, because she’s the only person that I feel will read them and understand my darkest days without too much judgement. If she doesn’t want them then they are to be destroyed. That may seem a bit drastic to you, but I love the power of self-reflection in journaling so I will continue to write in them and then made a plan so others hopefully won’t read them. You can always just throw a page away after you’ve written it!
How has journaling helped you? Which form of journaling is your favorite?