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Interactive Journals to Bring You Peace of Mind

Life has undoubtedly been stressful lately as we navigate these uncertain times. Interruptions to our daily routines can definitely be a source of anxiety, one that might leave us feeling a bit restless.

Netflix may be a welcome distraction, but when you’re diligently practicing social distancing and you’ve marathoned four new shows in a week, there comes a definite itch to do something new (I know this itch very well). It’s also very important to look out for the well-being of others and yourself, both mentally and physically! So, why not distract yourself with these awesome interactive journals that will also help you manage one day at a time? After you’ve washed your hands for *at least* twenty seconds, of course. Happy journaling!

How to be happy (or at least less sad): a creative workbook by lee crutchley

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This innovative journal has a plethora of activities to keep your mind fresh and focused on being the best you can be.

 

 

1 page at a time: a daily creative companion by adam j. kurtz

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This “companion” sparks your daily creativity and challenges you to think outside the box. Regular check-ins in the form of thought-provoking activities help you take on life. One day at a time, one page at a time.

Pick me up: a pep talk for now and later by adam j. kurtz

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When you’re feeling a little low, this is a great journal to spend some time on. These pages are rich with gratitude, admiration, and self-love.

 

Start where you are: a journal for self-exploration by meera lee patel

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Explore yourself and everything you can be with this one.

rage page: a journal for the bad days by john t

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Having a bad day? Channel your rage into the pages of this awesome journal- complete with pictures to color in and plenty of lines for all those rage scribbles.

 

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7 Journals for Anxiety Relief

In this uncertain time of travel bans and looming quarantines, it can be easy to get caught up in the what-if’s. Still, it’s important to check in with yourself and your mental health. If the endless COVID-19 news cycles have you feeling down and stressed out, check out these journals–all aimed to relieve your (pandemic-induced) anxiety. 

1. Calm the Chaos

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Calm the Chaos is marketed as “A Daily Practice for a More Peaceful Life.” With journal entries separated into “Today” and “Tomorrow,” the book allows you to reflect on the highlights of your day while also thinking about what you need to do tomorrow. The Today entries are the same every day, with prompts like “I took care of myself in the following ways:…,” “My most memorable moment of the day was…,” and “I am grateful for…” This allows you to focus on the positives of your day, instead of the negatives. 

The Tomorrow entries vary from day to day, prompting you to form an intention for the following day, plan out your to-do list, and think about how you want to be perceived by others, among other things. 

By reflecting on yourself, your day, and your future plans, you can focus your brain’s thoughts. This can calm you down before bed, or prepare you for the day ahead, depending on what time of day you decide to use the journal. Either way, this journal is the perfect way to calm the chaos of your life.

2. The Big Activity Book for Anxious People

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In times like these, everyone could use something a little lighthearted in their lives. The Big Activity Book For Anxious People not only helps you deal with anxiety, but provides a fun way to do so. Part journal, part coloring book, The Big Activity Book for Anxious People is complete with fun facts, quotes about anxiety, and cartoon drawings perfect for coloring. 

If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied, while balancing your anxious thoughts and daily life, this journal is for you.

3. Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal

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Pandemic or not, self-care is important. Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal allows you to check in with yourself in an easy format, complete with aesthetically-pleasing pages. First, you choose an intention for the day. Then you record things like sleep, meals, exercise, water intake, and other activities. On the next page, you go on to reflect about things like how you feel, things you did that were fun, things that were stressful, and kind things you did for yourself. There’s also a chart to track your mood throughout the day, as well as a space for other thoughts. 

With 90 days of entries, this journal is perfect for those of us stuck at home in the coming weeks. 

4. I’m So Freaking Freaked Out

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If you’re someone who prefers less structure in their go-to journal, I’m So Freaking Freaked Out could be perfect for you. The left page features a quote, while the right one has a single prompt: “Why I’m so freaking freaked out today.” Sometimes, you just need to rant about your day, whether it be because you had to fight for toilet paper at the grocery store, or because your professor has absolutely no idea how to properly work your online lecture. Either way, this journal gives you the freedom to write about whatever your heart desires, all while providing lighthearted quotes.

 

5. The 120-Day Anxiety Journal

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The 120-Day Anxiety Journal is perfect for anyone looking to track their anxiety levels, pinpoint triggers, and list coping mechanisms. By tracking how you feel, and the things that increase your anxiety, you can better cope. The journal also serves to track things like water intake, energy levels, sleep quality, and mood to make sure you’re staying healthy. 

If you’re looking for a space for your thoughts, there’s also dot grid pages for additional bullet journal notes, graphs, or doodles. Use these pages to be creative, and add your own personal touch!

6. Wreck This Journal

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While Wreck This Journal isn’t specifically designed to relieve anxiety, any anxious overthinker will know how difficult it can be to just stop thinking. This journal allows you to do just that by providing multiple activities to keep your brain occupied. Most of them include (wait for it) wrecking the journal in some way. If you’re someone who finds beauty in a little destruction, or you simply need to take out your stress, be sure to pick up this journal ASAP.

 

7. Let that Sh*T GO

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Let That Sh*t Go promises to help you let go of negative emotions, simply by providing profanity-laced prompts. Not only are the prompts fun and uplifting, but they’ll even encourage you to partake in self-care routines, like carving time out for yourself. This journal will keep you occupied with fun activities, all while making you laugh at the sheer number of swears contained in its pages.

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New Teen Book Is Guide To Taking The First Steps To Be Gay And Proud

Every young person needs some advice sometimes, especially if you’re dealing with your own sexual identity and don’t know where to turn for help. Luckily, that’s where a new book by Riyadh Khalaf is here to help with that. According to Washington Blade the book is entitled Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? 

 

Yay! You're gay! Now what?

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In it, Riyadh offers advice to teens who admit they’ve been feeling ‘different’ than other kids. The author was quoted as saying he wants to realize young people can see that being gay is actually a “gift” and hopes this book will serve as a handy guide for helping them through a difficult part of their life.

 

 

The book intends to recognize the anxiety that comes with knowing you’re gay before changing that train of thinking early. In addition, the book emphasizes how to pursue a healthy gay relationship: recognize who you are but also recognize that consent is important and if you’re online, don’t let strangers make you do anything you find uncomfortable. As a result, some contents of the book deal openly with sexual situations and can be graphic for some, but never gratuitously so since the point is always to educate.

Lighthearted and easily accessible, the book is a fun, hilarious read filled with stories of gay men all around the world. Anyone who needs some help along the way will, upon reading this book, will not only is being gay a-okay but, more importantly, they are not alone.

 

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Improve Your Lifestyle With Our Top Nonfiction Picks!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just to make sure you’re out there living your absolute best life. This week’s nonfiction picks center around the topic of self-development books, which showcase how you can improve your health, quality of life, and more with these great reads. Listen: we’re all trying to keep it together. But, with the right tools, staying on our game doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. Let’s dive into our picks and take a look!

 

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5. The Science of Self-empowerment by Gregg Braden

The Science of Self-Empowerment by Gregg Braden is about applying the advanced sense of awareness and spirituality that monks, nuns, and mystics have to our daily lives! Incorporating both scientific and philosophical perspectives, this book helps one achieve a form of spirituality that encourages true growth. Using real-world science to ground its claims, this self-help book that will find you rising to new heights and maybe even centering yourself like the worlds most spiritually-oriented people do.

 

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4. Do it Scared by Ruth Soukup 

Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup is for anyone who feels like they’re stuck in a rut or not taking the chances they really want to. The book helps you identify the source of your fears and tackle them with detailed, hands-on exercises. It lets you not only develop a plan but also, and perhaps more importantly, have the means and method to push yourself toward achieving your goals. This book contains the message that life is about taking chances and will absolutely help you take the first steps toward a better existence.

 

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3. Turning Dreams into Reality by Yuval Tabib

Turning Dreams Into Reality by Yuval Tabib is based on experiences of the author and how Tabib made their dreams ‘truly’ come true. It’s hard work, but this book has a lot of answers that will make your existential problem-solving a more enjoyable experience. Drawing on theories from physics and Quantum Theory, this book has the answers to make you bend the world around you rather than let it control your life. Though actually achieving your dreams is certainly never an easy feat, purchasing this book certainly will be! Go out and go for it.

 

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2. Life Admin by Elizabeth Emes 

Life Admin by Elizabeth Emes is about managing one’s life and keeping precious moments from slipping by. The author, Elizabeth Emes, is a working mother with two children who realizes one day that her life is being overwhelmed by all that she has to do. In a moment of epiphany, it dawns on her that she needs to take better control of her own time, and so she offers all her struggling readers tips of how she learned to manage it. This book explores labor and how it chokes our lives while also showing us how to reduce labor… or at least reduce its negative impact on our lives.

 

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1. Own your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley is about sharing her life experiences. She’s accidentally started a small business; embarrassed herself onstage during talks; and, like most of us, has wasted time caught up in her own anxiety. She’s had a broad range of life experiences, both good and bad, and she’s become an inspiration to young people (especially women) the world over. Now, she shares tips for overcoming obstacles and redefining success, all based on concrete stories of her own experiences.

 

 

 

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