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Creative Journal Ideas

By: Monique Stennis, Inter Valley Health Plan





You may have heard it from a trusted friend ------ or, read it in a magazine, “journaling is a healthy way to reduce stress.” But, what if you’ve never felt enlightened nor empowered by this activity? Maybe it’s not journal writing that is unrewarding, perhaps you lack a sense of purpose in this endeavor. Here are some creative journal ideas that you may find rewarding.

The good news about journal writing… there are no rules. You can handwrite, cut and paste pictures and words.


Quote journal. Stay inspired by collecting quotes, motivational messages or poems. You can document the date that you found the quote, how the quote made you feel and why it’s special to you. Your quote journal can become your very own quick “pick me up” on days of doldrums.

Free-writing journal. Can you imagine the opportunity to “dump” on paper? This kind of journal allows you to just write everything that’s on your mind. Write continuously without stopping until you feel like you have released everything that is bothering you. This kind of journal allows for non-censoring, no thinking, and no worrying about format. The ability to simply unload is the therapeutic advantage of clearing out the mind clutter.

Letter journal. What an endearing keepsake that can be given to a loved-one. A journal of letters that is just for them to read. Especially, when letter writing is turning into a lost art. You may even want to handwrite this journal for greater personalization. Your letter journal can include: anecdotes, recipes, life lessons, overcoming challenges, pearls of wisdom, and encouraging words for the recipient.

Dream journal. This journal should be kept close to your bedside. Record all of your vivid dreams and nightmares in as much detail as possible first thing in the morning while it’s still fresh in your mind. You may gain insight on a number of things that are going on with you.

Gratitude journal. There are so many reasons to be thankful, why not celebrate your daily thanksgiving in a journal. Write down every small and/or large thing that you are thankful for during the course of the day. This is a great exercise to remind you that regardless of how busy, good or bad your day is, that there is always something to be grateful for.

Video or audio journal. Use a webcam, flip camera or Smartphone to record your scenery. Especially if you enjoy the outdoors, you can record sites while taking a nature walk or a stroll on the beach.

On-line Journal- Use Pinterest to create an electronic visual journal, collect photos that inspires you or says something about your life, philosophy and style.

Family history journal. Create a journal of a collection of family stories, recipes, photos and documents (birth and death certificates). You can also interview older family members that can be featured in your journal. This could become an amazing family heirloom.

Regardless of what kind of journal that you create, remember to have fun, laugh, cry and become amazed with the self-discovery that your life and others will be enriched by.
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