Do you like to journal?

The process of writing out your thoughts, intentions, and actions has been scientifically proven to clarify mental abilities and reduce stress.

Are you attracted to beautiful, leather-bound journals with thick paper pages, and color-coordinated pens for outlining your goals and tasks each week? Do you prefer a hybrid system to sync your schedule with an online calendar?

One of the major features of the premium coaching program, Nurse Yourself Back to Health is the use of a journal to outline and track progress with your self-care goals.

The selection of a journal is a very personal matter.

The look, feel, and content that works for one person may not be best for another. This article will review seven of the most popular wellness journals and planners to help you decide which is right for you so that you are motivated to use it regularly.

 

1. Integrative Nutrition Daily Journal
$13.26 (3 months, 280 pages, color)

This glossy, flexible-cover journal outlines a straightforward, intuitive method of tracking progress with wellness goals. There are two pages each day – one for setting morning intentions and a second for evening reflections. It is filled with inspiring quotes, weekly check-ins, guided exercises, food logs, monthly activity and progress reports, and sections for recording gratitude and affirmations.

It focuses on the author’s theory of primary foods, such as a career and satisfying relationships, along with the secondary food that you eat. Each day has a checklist of self-care activity reminders.

PROS: Convenient carrying size and easy flow.
CONS: A little on the thick side and not much flexibility in the daily sections.

 

2. The SELF Journal
$31.99 (3 months, pages, B&W)

This matte, hard-cover journal streamlines goal setting, breaking it down into manageable daily tasks and tracking success. There are two pages each day. It is filled with inspiring quotes, weekly check-ins, weekly planners, and a section for recording gratitude.

Its unique feature is a free PDF available to download, as well as free access to the Best Self Community.

PROS: Convenient carrying size and easy flow.
CONS: The priciest of the journals included on this list for only 13 weeks.

 

3. Daily Greatness Wellness Journal
$49.95 (52 weeks, 468 pages, color)

This glossy, flexible-cover journal provides a comprehensive, informative method of planning and implementing wellness goals. There is one page each day. It is filled with weekly check-ins, weekly planners, guided daily questions, food logs, exercise logs, and sections for recording gratitude and affirmations.

It reads like a textbook with lots of training and clean eating tips, along with meal and goal planners, weekly shopping lists, healthy habit reminders, and mindset coaching.

PROS: Crafted from vegan paper, filled with full-color pictures, lots of room to write, and a heavy emphasis on physical health.
CONS: Large and heavy size is not easy to carry.

 

4. The Five-Minute Journal
$22.95 (6 months, 268 pages, B&W)

This cloth, hard-cover journal offers a simple, structured format for daily meditation and reflection. There is one page each day to cover both a morning and an evening routine. It is filled with inspiring quotes, weekly challenges, and sections for recording gratitude and affirmations.

Its unique feature is its focus on positive psychology if you are looking for daily motivation.

PROS: Convenient carrying size and easy flow.
CONS: Not much focus on physical health.

 

5. The Spoonie Planner
$32.00/54.00 (52 weeks, 456 pages, B&W)

This matte, hard-cover journal helps organize tasks related to chronic illness management and provides a daily log for communication among patients, caretakers, and the healthcare team. There is one page each day to set priorities related to energy level. It is filled with inspiring quotes, weekly check-ins, weekly planners.

Its unique feature is its emphasis on medical care with areas to prepare for appointments and an address book for personal contacts, pharmacies, insurance carriers, and healthcare providers. For an extra $22 you can purchase the accompanying medical diary.

PROS: Lots of room to write, plenty of sections to focus on physical illness, and the least expensive for 52 weeks.
CONS: Large and heavy size is not easy to carry and there is not much focus on wellness.

 

6. Moleskine Wellness Journal
$22.95 (Undated, 240 pages, B&W)

This embossed, hard-cover journal is designed for customization. There are six tabbed sections to keep notes related to diet, exercise, personal goals, general health, games and inspirations.

It includes plenty of informative pages with seasonal food calendars, food facts, measurements, and conversions.

PROS: Includes adhesive labels to customize each section with a heavy emphasis on physical health.
CONS: Not a very intuitive structure for recording entries with little flow.

 

7. Chronic Wellness Daily Journal
$7.00 (3 months, B&W)

This downloadable PDF is designed to help women make self-care a habit to heal chronic illness. It combines the best features of all the journals on this list and includes two pages each day. It is filled with weekly check-ins, food logs, monthly activity and progress reports, and sections for recording gratitude and affirmations. Each week has a blank checklist for self-care and chore activity reminders.

PROS: Easy flow, lots of flexibility in the daily sections, and highly customizable.
CONS: No hard copy available for purchase yet and larger size.

 

FEATURED: My Self-Care Plan Journal
$27.00 (3 months, B&W)

This spiral-bound workbook is designed to accompany the 12-week Nurse Yourself Back to Health coaching program to help women develop a routine self-care plan to heal the root causes of autoimmune disease. It combines the best features of all the journals on this list and includes two pages each day. It includes assessments, exercises, daily food logs, symptom tracker, and more!

PROS: Easy flow, lots of flexibility in the daily sections, and highly customizable.
CONS: Larger size.

What is your preferred method for journaling? Please comment below to share!