9 Creative Ways To Jazz Up Your Boring Journals & Boost Your Mental Health!  

creative ways to use journals for mental health

9 Creative Ways To Use Your Journal For Mental Health

I bet you think you have a lot of journals, huh?

Well, my journal collection could probably fill the New York Public Library.

And if you’re anything like me then you might be wondering what in the world can I do with all of these journals and notebooks (besides wondering, why the heck did I buy all of these things lol).

Fortunately, there are tons of creative ways you can use your journals and notebooks.

But some of the best ways to use them is to boost your mental health.

There is something so therapeutic about blank pieces of paper bound together with wire.

And today we are going to talk about 9 creative ways you can tap into the therapeutic power of the journal.

Why Use Journals For Your Mental Sanity


You might be wondering why you should use a journal to help you deal with mental health issues like depression or anxiety.

Journaling is usually seen as a form of expressing creativity but they also are used by many people in meditation and self-care.

In fact, being creative is a way to help you with your anxiety and depression. (Source)

Keeping a journal allows you to connect to yourself, your past hurts, and traumas.

And then on a less serious note, you can use a journal to record your memories and to create new ones along the way.

A journal can be used as so much more than a traditional diary which we will discuss shortly.

The important thing to remember is that your journal is unique to you and can even be a big mix of things that bring you joy, help you get to know yourself, and allow you to see how far you have come.

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9 ways to jazz up your journals for mental health

9 Creative Ways To Use Your Journals & Notebooks To Increase Your Mental Health'

1)Keep track of your progress towards a mental health goal

When it comes to reaching new goals nothing helps quite as much as seeing progress happen right in front of your eyes.

Your journal is a great place to track the progress of your goals over time.

From fitness goals to learning a new language or writing that novel, you have always dreamed of, tracking your progress can be very motivating in all aspects of life.

But did you know that you can actually set mental health goals.

You might be scratching your head like “Huh? What are mental health goals”.

Well, a mental health goal is any goal that you have that, when accomplished, will chip away at any of the mental health challenges you may have.

For instance, let’s say you have social anxiety and you shy away from looking people in the eyes.

So an example of a mental health goal could be as simple as “I will smile and make eye contact 3 times a day”.

And every day that you accomplish this, you can track it in your journal.

See how that works?

You can set so many mental health goals and the small goals you set and actually do will, over time, add up to BIG results!

As an aside, I just looked at some of my writings on the online-therapy.com platform from years ago and I’m amazed at the progress that’s been made in my mental state.

Online-therapy.com is an online counseling platform that I’ve used to write journal entries, fill out mental health worksheets, and have therapy sessions with a psychologist.

Using online-therapy.com has made a HUGE difference in eliminating my depression and reducing my anxiety.

After looking at my journal entries this is what I realized…

Some of the mental health benefits I’ve noticed after using online-therapy.com

-I’m so much more outgoing,

-willing to interact with people I don’t know,

-more confident, and

-willing to follow my dreams.

If I didn’t have my journal entries to look over, I would not have realized just how far I’ve come.

With online-therapy.com, I’m able to keep track of my mental health progress and get feedback from a caring mental health professional about what I’ve accomplished.

If you feel like you would benefit from using these services you can click below to create a free account.

Click below to create a free online-therapy.com account!

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2) Reduce stress with bullet journaling

Bullet journaling is so cool.

If you don’t know what a bullet journal is, I describe it like a journal on steroids.

It’s like a journal, diary, habit tracker, and canvas all in one. Check out the video below for more details.

How you use your journal can be as simple as using it for planning or tracking the goals that will improve your mental state of mind.

There are plenty of creative ways to use it.

The simple routine of prepping your journal each night before bed can calm your mind from the stresses of the day and give you something creative to look forward to every night.

You can create a schedule or track how many hours you’ve spent working on specific projects.

All the stickers, coloring, and writing in your journals can turn you into a productive Vincenta Van Gogh of sorts lol.

Plus, bullet journaling gives one an excuse to buy more journals and pens because I’m sure I don’t already have enough.

You can even buy bullet journaling bundles with the journal, stickers, and pens…it has everything you need to get started!

Check out this bullet journal bundle below: Click here to check out this bullet journal bundle on Amazon


Click to check out this bullet journal bundle on Amazon



3) Start keeping lists to save your sanity

One of the things that used to really affect my mental health was trying to remember everything and being frustrated when I obviously couldn’t.

It doesn’t make sense but I would say to myself “Oh, I’ll remember” some important task or idea and of course, I wouldn’t.

That’s why writing down lists and checklists in your journal can help you eliminate stress.

Lists are an amazing thing that can help you think, plan, and not rely on your brain to keep track of everything.

From your bucket list to a list of your favorite books, you can use this idea to really get to know yourself on a deeper level than you ever imagined before.

Here are a few simple list ideas:

  • Places I want to go
  • My favorite books
  • Songs that speak to me
  • People that have left a mark on my life
  • Things I am proud of myself for
  • To-do lists
  • People to reach out to
  • Mental health goals
  • Dreams to turn into reality

And so much more!


4) Create a dream journal

Dream journals are an immensely helpful tool for achieving greater clarity and creativity.

A dream journal allows you to preserve important storytelling details that often escape your mind.

Using a journal as soon as you wake, while the story is still fresh from our subconscious minds, will ensure you don’t forget important details.

Record your dreams right after waking up, as these vivid memories will escape quickly.

I usually forget my dreams almost immediately unless I write them down.


5) Create a prayer journal to reduce anxiety

Writing my prayers has been one of the best ideas I’ve ever had when it comes to fighting my anxiety.

Whenever I am anxious about something, I know I can just write down my fears and doubts in prayer form.

You can do this using a physical or digital journal.

I tend to use Evernote or Trello for my journal but you can use whatever you want.

One thing I encourage you to do is to date your prayers.

There are so many prayer entries in my journal that I will look back on and laugh.


Because the thing I was so nervous about either worked out or never even came to pass in the first place.

A prayer journal is a great reminder of God’s love and faithfulness to us when we are in times of crisis.

Related: Click here to learn how to create a prayer journal or get a free one, whichever one you’d like!


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6) Write positive affirmations to kill negative thinking

Writing positive affirmations is an amazing technique for reducing anxiety.

Filling a journal full of affirmations that remind you that you are valuable, loved, and worthy can go a long way to helping give yourself a mental boost.

One technique is to write about a situation that is bothering you.

Then write an affirmation to go with it to help yourself over the hurdle.


7) Write down positive scriptures

This is similar to writing positive affirmations except far more powerful because they come from your Creator Himself.

Writing scriptures will encourage and remind you of God’s love.

In 1 Peter 5:7, it says “Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you”.

Ya’ll, my heart just fluttered thinking about God caring about all of the things that I get so freaked out about.

Are you worried about your job?

Throw that worry onto Him.

Are you nervous about your child going to kindergarten?

Cast that fear onto Him.

Whatever it is, you can write that fear down as a symbol that you are leaving that worry with the Lord and letting Him take care of it!


8) Work on your own gratitude journal.

Writing down what you are thankful for is an awesome and effective way to change your mental state on a rough day.

This is also known as counting your blessings in written form.

When you are having a hard time finding joy on a particular day, look back at your gratitude journal to see all the things you have to be thankful for.

Make this a daily habit to truly change your life.

If you aren’t sure what to write about, try this gratitude journal.

gratitude journal for mental health

9) Doodle your cares away

Remember how carefree you were as a child (hopefully)?

I used to doodle on my homework, doodle at church.

I didn’t worry about the drawing being perfect or coloring inside of the lines.

I was just creative. Then we grew up to be boring, straight-laced adults, right?


You can still doodle.

I command you to doodle 🙂


Because doodling can be a creative way to relax and calm stress. (Source)

Use your journal as a place to mindlessly doodle to help you relax on a rough day.

If you are more serious about art you can still use doodling by using your journal as a safe place to create things that hold personal meaning to you.

You can turn your doodles into a whole art book if you want!

The key is to not censor yourself even if it feels wrong or like a waste of time.

Travel back in time and be a “kid” again!

Even if you don’t feel like you’re the best at drawing, a journal is a perfect place to practice all of your skills.

You could even practice lettering, calligraphy, etc.

This calligraphy pen set is beautiful!


calligraphy set to doodle in your journal

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Journaling For Your Mental Health Has So Many Possibilities!

The possibilities with journaling truly are endless! I urge you to tap into your creativity.

Don’t hold back.

Don’t be a perfectionist.

Perfection is overrated and impossible anyway.

Just get that journal, throw it open and see what you create!

Eventually, you’ll find that keeping a journal is great fun and it has lots of mental health benefits.

Leave a comment below and let me know the most creative ways you use your journals.

Who knows, you may inspire me or someone else! 🙂

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Medical Disclaimer: While Healthy As You Can strives to provide the most accurate information, anything you read on this site is purely for informational or entertainment purposes and should NOT be considered medical advice or as a replacement for a doctor’s care, diagnosis, appointment, advice, etc. I am not a medical professional at all. Any information, tips, or ideas that you try as a result of reading this blog is tried at your, the reader’s, own risk.

Mental Health Disclaimer: While I care deeply about your mental health, please know that I am NOT a licensed medical professional, therapist, counselor, social worker, or mental health professional. Any advice here is not to be taken as medical advice or a diagnosis. IF you need to talk to a licensed mental health professional you can use online-therapy.com (affiliate link) or call a mental health hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).



Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don't know where to start because it can be oh so confusing. She's still trying to figure it all out and as she does, she'll let you know!

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Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don't know where to start because it can be oh so confusing. She's still trying to figure it all out and as she does, she'll let you know!

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