Wellness Challenge: The Five Minute Journal

Journaling is said to have a ton of positive benefits that contribute to your overall mental state. And I don’t know about you, but journaling is one of those things I’ve always wanted to do regularly, but have never been able to fully commit. I’ll definitely list out what I’m grateful for here and there, but I’ve been lacking a system (and I love an organized system). I think the blank white page of most journals is just intimidating. Anyone else?

When I heard about The Five Minute Journal, which promises a happier you in just five minutes a day, I knew I had to give it a try. The journal has a structured format that helps guide you with things to write about—for example, “List 3 amazing things that happened today,” or “Daily Affirmations” that you get to create yourself. It’s basically a journal for beginners.

Challenge: Use The Five Minute Journal

I started writing in my Five Minute Journal earlier this week, and I have to say, it’s totally helped me take a step back. I’ve learned to see joy in the littlest things, and actually enjoy looking back at my day and writing about how it went each night. The daily affirmations truly let me focus on what I want out of that day, and the mindset I want to accompany. On top of that, I’m totally into the daily inspirational quote that the journal provides. Overall, it’s just a nice way to touch base with myself morning and night (you write in it twice a day).

I look forward to it so much (and it’s super easy to find 5 minutes), that I haven’t had any problems completing a journal entry so far. I recommend doing it right before you head to bed and then first thing when you wake up. I’m currently keeping mine on my side table—the aesthetic of the cover is very minimal chic, so it works.

Who’s been journaling for awhile now? Who’s going to try The Five Minute Journal with me this week?

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  1. I don’t use this journal, but I have been bullet journaling for the last couple months and I find it so soothing. The upside of bullet journals is you can make pages for whatever you want to track or do and they’re super flexible.

  2. I have been writing a daily journal on and off for 30 years love this practice it uplifts me .Free writing for me is good also if I have to figure things out by the time I am done I almost always feel better.

  3. I’m a journal addict – I have a journal for my thoughts, emotions etc., then I have my Bullet Journal to organize my brain/life, and then I have (yes, you’re allowed to judge me) my Five-Minute journal that I’ve been using since January and that I love as well! But I think I’ve gotten into the habit so I might switch to just doing an adapted version in my own journal instead of buying another one.. I want to have more of a gratitude journal so I have positive memories to look back on!


  4. I haven’t been able to find a journal yet that makes me want to write, but there has to be a reason that so many people love this journal! Plus, I haven’t tried to write in a journal since starting my blog this year so maybe I’m mentally ready?

    Nicolette | http://www.nicolette.co

  5. I like writing: l keep two diaries ( personal and spiritual) , since 1996 but l hardly give myself enough time for writing in a journal.
    I see and have the need for keeping a journal, though….

  6. Good for you. I have fallen out of the habit, but I have just purchased the BELLA GRACE journal with prompts and lovely pictures and I hope to get going again. Thank you for your inspirational piece. Carla

  7. I used to keep a journal a long time ago, and I’ve been wanting to get back to it because I’ve heard it’s amazing for your mindset, too. I was just looking at the Five Minute Journal app yesterday. While I love physically writing, I feel like the app might be way easier and therefore harder to not do. I might give it a go!

  8. I have been journaling for years. It comes in handy for reminding me of what happened on a certain day. Your diary sounds like a great idea.

  9. I love the idea of a gratitude journal. Also maybe a journal for setting a daily intention. Like meditation, journaling takes that commitment and dedication. I need to work on both!

  10. This sounds pretty cool. Imma try it soon!

    I’ve been trying to write/journal everyday for years but I always tend to get lazy after a couple of weeks. I recently started a writing-related #100dayproject and I kept it simple to make it just a tad easier – just one short poem/composition a day – and it’s been okay so far. Whenever I miss a day or two (or more!) I just write several on one day to catch up!

    Btw, love your blog! So easy on the eyes! 🙂

  11. Have kept diary and other journals for years. Such fun to look back on and remember the times when my sons were younger. When my husband died ( far to early) I wrote a journal entry to him nearly every day for about 5 years. It helped me to focus, remain positive and sleep well when I put it down. I was given a gratitude journal when I went to a women’s wellness evening a couple of months ago. To find some little thing to be grateful for every day is a wonderful feeling and makes even the grotty days feel better.

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