Top 10 Self-help journals for better mental health

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Mental health problems can happen to anyone. Also, it is common to have relapses in mental health during one’s lifetime. Considering these factors, taking care of mental health is equally important as taking care of your physical health. Due to change in lifestyle, sometimes seeking conventional methods to understand our inner self helps improve our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. This practise of self-reflection and understanding can be done with the help of writing journals. 


The habit of journaling has been associated with enhancing self of well-being, elevating mood, improve working memory and letting go of negative thoughts. For college students, it can be recommended that by journalising they can reduce their risk of developing depressive-like symptoms in the future.

The use of journals is also fairly common in women. This practise has helped many women resolve their conflicting thoughts, habit of rumination and brooding, reduce intrusive and negative thoughts and promote better mood, better cognitive functioning, helping progress toward one’s goals and boost a sense of gratitude and love. Moreover, many journals help in certain mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and more.


This article will discuss the best 10 journals to buy this “International Women’s Day” to promote the well being of women’s mental health. Research and users consider journaling as a useful tool to regulating and resolving emotional and psychological issues. Understanding oneself becomes easier through journaling. And honestly it is through this understanding oneself that leads to a well adjusted life with a better quality of living.


Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

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Interactive journal for nurturing creativity, mindfulness and self-motivation. This journal uses supportive prompts, inspirational quotes and self-reflection activities through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. These activities thereby assist the journey of understanding one’s thoughts and emotions and their reflection on one’s action. This process indeed boosts positive mood and emotion and promotes well being of mental health. 

It is a powerful tool for positive change through motivational quotes from writers, inspirational stories from artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts.

I Am Here Now: A creative mindfulness guide and journal (Mindfulness Project)

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Mindfulness may be a basic and exceptionally effective hone of preparing our attention. It’s basic in that it’s truly almost about paying consideration to what’s happening here and presently (i.e. sensations, contemplations, and feelings) in a non-judgemental way. 

This journal of mindfulness is full with different tools and practices that promote better well-being. Includes so many interesting activities to help you out to know your inner self.

Gratitude: A Journal: (Thankfulness Journal, Journal for Women)

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Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. This great little journal can boost feelings of positivity, motivation and focus. It makes you a better writer and helps you discover your “voice”. Keep a daily record of life’s small endowments with this gratitude diary which is filled with smart prompts, inspiring and motivating quotes, and adequate room for reflecting on all the things that make life awesome.


Gratitude Journal for Women

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Expressing gratitude can lead to positive thinking. This is another gratitude journal with inspiring and motivating quotes that speaks directly with women’s unique concern and responsibilities. This journal will help you say thanks to what makes you happy and inculcate a feeling of happiness and positivity by just spending 5 minutes a day expressing gratitude. 

Self Confidence Workbook

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This is an ultimate guide for overcoming self-doubt and improving self-esteem. A 5-step program designed by Barbara Markway, PhD, a licensed psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience, and writer Celia Ampel. Evidence based strategies such as reflection, self-compassion, acceptance and mindfulness guide you through real-life, self confidence landmines like relationships, work, and health.

The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness

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Loving one self is equally important as the affection we show to our loved and cared ones. Low confidence, low self esteem and other issues can affect our mood which can make it further difficult to live life to our fullest. This is where the “Self-Love Workbook” can be helpful in addressing and fulfilling our needs and goals. Interactive activities, reflection prompts and helpful advice make it easier to discover your true self, but to truly accept who you are wholeheartedly. With this acceptance comes the freedom and confidence to live your life to its fullest.

The Self-Esteem Workbook

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This self-help workbook on self esteem  is based on an original research which states that self-help can be significantly improved using self-help material. Now psychologist and health educator Glenn Schirald has provided twenty essential skill-building activities that focuses on developing a healthy self-esteem. 
 
With the help of step-by-step techniques one can learn to address and handle mistakes and criticism, foster compassion for oneself and others, set and achieve new enriching goals and also develop self-acceptance. 
 
If you are ready to stop being hard on yourself, and start showing compassion and understanding, this workbook can help you get started.

Zen as F*ck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Sh*t (Zen as F*ck Journals)

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If you are looking to be positive and improve wellbeing and happiness and do not mind a healthy sense of humor with some cuss words and profanity, then this journal is absolutely suitable to you. It encourages mindfulness, presence, gratitude, and positivity to improve wellbeing and happiness in a fun, charming and hilarious way. The combo of entertainment and focus doesn’t come easy and this little journal covers both with the colorful design and lightheartedly badass vibe. Time to enjoy the all-in-one journal for those of us who want to do and be better. 

Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are

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If you need to calm and quiet your inner critic, if you want to release the burden of achieving unrealistic goals and if you want to cherish the goodness of the present moment and not be haunted and bogged down by intrusive thoughts about the uncertainties that the future holds, then this is journal that can solve your problems. Another journal that induces positive self-reflective thinking that regulates positive thoughts, peace and focus. 

Couple’s Love Journal

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This journal is gonna help couples in a relationship. It doesn’t matter if you are having troubles in your relationship or not, this journal can be used to resolve unspoken thoughts, ignite romantic feelings and develop better understanding of each other. This a meaningful and interactive way of growing and loving together. A beautiful way for couples to share feelings and building a stronger connection for a lifetime 
 

Lead a more positive lifestyle by keeping track of your thoughts and feelings and gaining control over them. Journalling, rightfully, focuses on developing emotional skills that stay for a lifestyle and therefore help in combating mental health problems, relationship problems, emotional and psychological issues that can affect anyone at any point of their lifetime.

References:
https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-journaling/

https://www.thethoughtjournal.com/2018/03/17-best-self-care-products-to-buy-for-your-mental-health.html

https://www.goodreads.com

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