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15 Wellness Journals For A Meaningful Moment Of Self-Reflection

In contrast to the way that meditation apps have become a way for the iPhone generation to infuse some 21st-century mindfulness in their daily lives, we’re also in somewhat of a journaling renaissance — and I personally, am so here for it. Real paper, meet physical pen, and let the thoughts flow as fast the ink can carry them.

Growing up, I kept a diary filled with entries like, “Today, I had this for breakfast! I wore this to school! It was nice!” I stopped keeping a journal pretty much entirely as a teen, and it wasn’t until two years ago (I'm in my mid-20s now), that my therapist suggested I may find journaling helpful for my anxiety. At first, I was all, “Sure Jan,” but then, I realized it was a way for me to write for me, on my own terms this time. As a writer, I've always felt comfortable expressing myself through words, but I never anticipated just how healing it would be to have a portable safe space to share my raw thoughts. (I also forgot how much I love the ritual of handwriting.)

With 2021 on the horizon, there's no better time to dip your toes into a mindful writing practice. Ahead, you'll find 15 empty tomes — including guided ones — to begin your journaling journey.

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The Happy Planner All The Feels Classic Guided Journal

In addition to serving 2000s slam book vibes in the best way, this guided journal has weekly and daily prompts to help you express emotions and set meaningful intentions.
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Self-Care Master Plan

This pocket-sized journal may be small in size, but is big on supporting you living your best life. Inside, you'll find self-reflection prompts and mantras to help fuel mindful thinking.
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Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal

Document daily intentions, moods, and free thoughts on the artfully designed pages of this minimalist journal.
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Best Year Yet: A Journal For Becoming Your Best Self

If you find the idea of a blank page slightly intimidating, this guided journal is for you; in addition to having inspirational passages with spots for you to reflect and respond.
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West Emory Affirmation Journals

With positive bon mots like "no rain, no flowers" and "busy bee," this chic set of affirmation journals is perfect for infusing your day with positivity.
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Go All In Journal

Rachel Hollis' interactive journal is described as "a vision board in journal form." (Sounds lovely, right?) Inside, you'll find pages dotted with prompts to track daily goals, dreams, achievements and so much more.
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Clare V. for Anthropologie Monogram Journal

It's uniquely yours, after all — so it may as well look like it. These chic journals from Clare V.'s Anthro collab make for a thoughtful, just-because gift that any friend or family member will appreciate.
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Papier French Bulldogs Notebook

No prompt? No problem. Papier's wide array of plain (but not, you know, plain) notebooks allow you to express your style with a variety of patterned covers and personalization options.
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Simply Genius Travelers Notebook Set

If you already know that you're going to quickly fill up page after page, better invest in several journals at a time — or, alternatively, you can give one away to a loved one to encourage the mindful practice.
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Erin Condren Vision Journal Notebook

The brand behind our favorite daily planners also makes a unique vision journal, which can be used to free-write, doodle, and increase mindfulness.
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The Five-Minute Journal

If five minutes are all you have, make it count with this vintage-inspired journal that encourages its writer to ruminate on daily affirmations and gratitude reflections.
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PristinePaperie RING A6 Daily Health and Fitness Planner Insert Printable

This Black-owned Etsy shop is a treasure trove for planner and journal enthusiasts. Our pick? This health and fitness refill (which you can print out and fill into any A6 size planner of your choosing) with spots for mood check-ins, hours of sleep, and workouts.
13 of 15 How Are You Feeling Wellness Planner

It's a simple question that goes a long way.'s wellness journal-slash-planner offers exercises and resources for discussing aspects of wellness including fostering intention, self-care, and both physical and mental health.
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ModParty Journal Notebook Personalized

We can always rely on Etsy to come through with all things bespoke, including this fan-fave journal, where you can choose the background and add your name for a personalized touch.
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Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life

From the makers of expletive-ridden coloring books and guided journals, is Let That Sh*t Go, a real-talk mindfulness journal that's well priced at under $10.
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