14 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.)

Since I've been quarantining solo, I've relied on the practice of journaling even more than usual — shoutout to Suleika Jaouad's Isolation Journals newsletters, which deliver a daily, thought-provoking prompt to your inbox like clockwork. Want to join in? Ahead, you'll find 14 empty tomes — including guided ones — to begin your journaling journey.

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Rituals & Wellness Journal


Document daily intentions, moods, and free thoughts on the artfully designed pages of this minimalist journal.
Wilde House Paper Rituals & Wellness Journal, $28.00 Buy

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.
Chronicle Books Best Year Yet Journal, $14.95 Buy

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.
West Emory Affirmation Journals, $19.95 Buy

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.
Rachel Hollis Go All In Journal - Start Today, $19.99 Buy

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.
Clare V. x Anthropologie Monogram Journal, $24.00 $14.95 Buy
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52 Lists for Calm Journal


If you tend to feel stuck on what to write, that's totally normal. This highly-rated guided journal comes with 52 prompts that allow you to reflect on people, places, and things you love or feel grateful for.
Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Calm Journal, $16.95 Buy

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.
Papier French Bulldogs, $26.99 Buy

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.
Simply Genius Travelers Notebook Set (6 Pack), $14.99 Buy

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.
Erin Condren Vision Journal Notebook, $21.00 Buy

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.
Intelligent Change The Five-Minute Journal, $24.95 Buy
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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.
PristinePaperie RING A6 Daily Health and Fitness Planner Insert Printab, $3.55 Buy

Ban.do How Are You Feeling Wellness Planner


It's a simple question that goes a long way. Ban.do'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.
ban.do Wellness Planner, $29.95 Buy

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.
ModParty Personalized Journal Notebook, $16.25 Buy

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.
Monica Sweeney Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t, $14.99 $8.99 Buy
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