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    18 Journals That Might Help Reduce Stress (If Only A Little)

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    1. A habit-tracking calendar that'll help you become more aware of your everyday routine and what sets you up for success versus what drains you mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can track daily habits, weekly habits, and monthly habits and each month is themed to better help you in the areas of sleep, gratitude, and movement.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wanted to reduce stress and nail down some habits, and I've always done better when I can see progress tangibly. I'd been eyeing this calendar for some time, but was unsure if it was worth the money. I decided to go for it. SO glad I did. It has some 'homework' pages at the beginning to help you focus in on your goals. It has helped me be more disciplined AND narrow my focus, so I'm not worrying about doing everything under the sun each day." β€”Flight of Stars

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    2. A wellness planner, because self care is incredibly important! You can track physical habits, nutrition, and day-to-day feelings to better understand where you're at mentally and what actionable things you can do to better your well-being.

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect planner to gather all your daily thoughts and moods!" β€”Jessica B.

    Get it from ban.do for $29.95 (available in two styles).

    3. A happiness journal so you can finally focus on the things in life that make you unabashedly happy. With so much going on in your day-to-day, slowing down and taking the time to write down what motivates you to wake up every morning can open your eyes to the many blessings around you.

    Sasquatch Books

    Prompts include listing out your favorite items and require some self-reflection. You'll be able to think about things that you love, want to invest time in, and traits you admire most in yourself. It'll help you become mindful of what drives you!

    Promising review: "This book is full of simple lists that help you focus on the good in life. It forces you to take a moment out of your day and concentrate on things that make us feel good, or ways to change the things that may not be so good. A great gift for anyone that appreciates taking a minute to refocus on the positive." β€”Leigh B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.22.

    4. A self-exploration series of prompts, exercises, and inspirational quotes to help you rediscover your creative side. You'll be able to reflect fully on what motivates you, helping to better understand your core values and what makes you tick.

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    Promising review: "I stumbled across this journal in search of a blank one as I wanted to start writing to get some thoughts onto paper. I found myself drawn to this journal for self-exploration by the cover, quotes, and prompts that it promised and I'm very impressed! The quotes are amazingly drawn and very inspiring. The prompts make you think while having fun and I love it. A great way to reflect on yourself." β€”htb

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    5. A food journal, because keeping track of your food and water intake can help reduce one's stress surrounding proper hydration and nutritious eating. Eating well can have profound effects on your body β€” clear skin, improved sleep, and increased energy!

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    It tracks 40 days of progress.

    Promising review: "I love this journal. It provides a lot of valuable information about the health benefits of foods and takes a really positive approach to eating in a way that treats your body well. I don't generally like keeping track of my food, but this does it in a way that encourages eating for the good of your body, rather than meticulously counting calories. It really helps me to think about the cause and effects of what I put into my body." β€”Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $11.48.

    6. Wreck This Journal so you can let out any anger and frustration when necessary. You can color outside the lines, wreck pages, and rip apart edges to let go of stress.

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    It requests you destroy the book by dropping it, tearing it, or gluing things to it.

    Promising review: "I never even realized I was creative until this book came around. I absolutely love the idea of being able to do WHATEVER you want with it. This book will save your life. It decreased my anxiety and increased my excitement. If you are debating purchase please don't anymore!!" β€”Alecia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.63.

    7. A five-minute journal with guided prompts if you don't have a ton of time per day to get your thoughts on paper. You're busy, and you shouldn't feel robbed of your personal time! With a morning and night section, you'll be able to fit in a little you time even with your hectic schedule.

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    Each day has a new prompt that only takes five minutes. The journal also explains the science of the prompt, so you know what you're getting out of completing it. When you're not feeling 100%, the book has plenty of inspirational quotes to cheer you on.

    Promising review: "I am guilty of having collected dozens of journals and notebooks throughout my life, with the same results every time: excitedly writing in them for a few days (or a few weeks if I'm lucky) and then slowly forgetting about them, mostly due to the amount of time and energy it takes to keep one up. If you're like me, this is the perfect answer! It truly takes five minutes to fill out the section and it is difficult to find an excuse NOT to do it each day." β€”Randa Zogheib

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A blank comic book to fill with your own stories, characters, and plot lines. You'll be able to dive into those scenarios you always create in your head while showering.

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    The notebook has 130 pages of thick paper with grids already in place for your comics.

    Promising review: "I'm really genuinely impressed with this book. The binding is sturdy and has a super soft, buttery smooth feel to it. The pages are thick, of good quality, and there's plenty of them. It's really more the size of a trade paperback comic, or thick magazine. There are also a nice variety of layouts. Really a great product overall. It would make a great little gift for anyone interested in making their own comics. Children, or adults." β€”MamaLlama

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. Draw Every Day Draw Every Way, a journal for those who express themselves through images instead of words. Sometimes just letting your mind wander through doodling is the best medicine for overthinking.

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    There's a page for each day with monthly themes to keep things interesting. It also has prompts like choosing a color palette or using unexpected materials as stamps. The journal comes from the Instagrammer Jennifer Orkin Lewis, who is known for her quirky illustrations.

    Promising review: "Truly a drawing challenge that helps improve my ability to draw as well as see my surroundings differently. More in-depth and in better detail. The multiple surfaces of the book has made it far more interesting to work through. Best of all, it's fun rather than boring and laborious. Love this concept!" β€”N. Land

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86.

    10. The Happy Book that'll help you celebrate the things around you that cause you to smile, no matter how small. By creating a record of what makes you happy, you'll always be able to look back during tough times to remind yourself that good things do, in fact, exist.

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    This book wants you to scribble ideas, make lists, answers questions, and tape in photos. It's meant to be a record of all the things that make you happy so you can look back on it whenever you're feeling down.

    Promising review: "Today is my wife's birthday and this is one of the items I ordered for her. She loves it β€” as we speak, she's looking for the happiest/coolest sounding places (Carefree, AZ; Smileyburg, KS; What Cheer, IA; Hell, MI; etc.,) and her favorite Shel Silverstein poem ('How Many, How Much,' in her case). She wrote/drew her favorite people (I was one of them β€” she called me 'Big Sexy'), she made a hand turkey, there's a page that tells you to play hooky from work for the day and post all your receipts of the day on that page. Good, light-hearted stuff. She's sitting on the floor next to the bed right now and laughing. If you're semi-happy or open-minded, you can't go wrong here. A GREAT CHOICE! GLAD I GOT IT FOR HER." β€”R. Weeks

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    11. A list-making journal for any A-type personality who reduces stress by...creating lists! Sometimes getting organized is the easiest way to center yourself and release anxiety.

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    This is for all the people who make lists for all the lists they need to write. Each page has a new list prompt along with a fun illustration.

    Promising review: "Like the music one, this is another fun listography book to fill out. It's sort of a review on your life and the different things that impacted it. A nice way to review anything that meant something to you." β€”Daniel Millhouse

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (also see the travel, music, film, and literary versions).

    12. A peace of mind planner so your loved ones know your exact wishes post your passing. I get it β€” it's super dark and feels weird to plan, but the last thing you want your family to feel is stress about making plans were you to not be around any longer.

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    Fill it up with your personal and medical information along with plans for pets, social media, contacts, last wishes, and more. It's not a legal document or a will, but it will help with the small stuff.

    Promising review: "Wife purchased this book prior to having serious surgery not knowing the outcome. Thankfully everything came out fine, but this would have and still can be of great help should the unthinkable ever happen to you or a loved one. It can provide so many answers and assistance to those left behind. It's organized neatly and covered most questions loved ones may have at the time of your passing. Everyone should have one filled out, no matter what your age or health." β€”Donald R. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    13. The Positive Wellness Journal to nourish your mind and soul, set intentions, and reflect on the day's happenings. It includes breathing techniques and art therapy, plus a free-form build so there's no pressure to finish something by a certain date.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.99 (originally $30).

    14. A One Line A Day diary so you can create thoughtful memory book over time. You'll be able to jot down small snippets, thoughts, and comments day by day to get a full view on how you're progressing through life.

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    Promising review: "Love this book. It's so cool to see what I was thinking the year prior and have the memories of every individual day. I've brought it on every trip. No signs of real wear and tear. Some of the gold dots have rubbed off a little bit, but the binding is still intact and no missing pages. It's definitely a quality book to carry around with you!" β€”Lace Wawers

    Get it from Amazon for $13.31.

    15. A profanity-filled journal if using ~colorful~ language is your way of releasing stress (no judgement). It's filled with positive affirmations and activities to help you get out whatever is currently bottled inside.

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    Promising review: "I'm a therapist who wanted a tool to manage my personal stress. Yay! Self Care! I love this. It makes me laugh and makes me think. The novelty of this makes it a great gift but it's got a lot of good tools in it. I almost hate to use it and destroy it because it's also very beautiful." β€”Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A reflections and intentions journal so you can record what you're grateful for and what self-improvements you're looking to make for a better you tomorrow.

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    Promising review: "I love this journal a lot! It allows you to learn more about yourself and practice everyday gratitude. I needed some motivation and I think I am starting to find it with this journal." β€”ailus

    Get it from Anthropologie for $18.

    17. A dotted journal that'll give you total freedom to fill up the pages as you see fit. You can create lists, doodle, keep track of hydration, or write down any passing thoughts you want to remember later.

    Amazon

    This well-rated Moleskine journal has dots instead of straight lines, so it really opens up what you can do. Learn more about the magic of bullet journaling. Get some pens to get started.

    Promising review: "I bought this to try out the bullet journal system, and I am very happy with it. The pocket is useful, hardcover means I can toss it in my purse or backpack without worrying about it, and the dotted grid is very useful for planning." β€”Mina

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in five colors).

    18. A "daily creative companion" so you can literally take one page at a time to flex your creative muscles and take a break from the things that take up a large amount of your time (hmmm...social media, the internet, your phone). With 365 prompts you can write, reflect, list, draw, and share!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this book thinking it would be prompts for writing exercises. I sure was wrong. I opened it up and flipped through the pages and then decided to just get into the spirit of things and I can tell you it's a lot of fun. It's whimsical, happy, and challenging at the same time. I look forward to using this book daily and see where the next creative adventure takes me. Always makes me smile that's for sure." β€”K9Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.93.

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