Benefits of Journaling


Journaling has been gaining popularity for several reasons. It provides a way to enhance self-awareness, manage stress, and improve mental health. In our fast-paced digital world, people are seeking a mindful and offline activity to reflect on their thoughts and emotions. Additionally, the rise of self-care practices and the trend towards personal development have contributed to the increased interest in journaling as a means of fostering creativity, setting goals, and tracking progress.

For years, I've been on a journaling journey that's been incredibly rewarding. My go-to companions? Those trusty composition notebooks – they're simple yet so effective and inexpensive. But here's the fun part: I've used refillable covers that totally resonate with my style. And guess what adds a pop of joy to my entries? An array of colorful pens that make writing fun, but also separates each journal entry. Oh, and the best part? I've stashed little note cards right inside the covers, perfect for jotting down those future gems of inspiration. It's all about embracing my own unique journaling vibe! (see Sunbelt Stitches Etsy store for cover options )

Front cover with pocket for pens
Front inside cover card pockets
Outside front cover with pocket for pens
Outside front cover with pocket for pens

Experiment: Try different styles of journaling, such as gratitude journaling, bullet journaling, or stream of consciousness writing, to see what feels best for you.

Reflect and Review: Periodically review your entries to track progress, notice patterns, and gain insights into your thoughts and emotions.

Stay Consistent: Make journaling a habit. Even if you miss a day, don't give up. Just pick it up again the next day.

Enjoy the Process: Remember that journaling is a personal journey. Focus on the benefits it brings to your well-being and personal growth.

Starting journaling can be as simple as putting pen to paper and letting your thoughts flow. Over time, you'll find your own rhythm and style that suits you best.


Praise journaling, also known as gratitude journaling, is a practice that involves recording things you’re grateful for or praising positive aspects of your life.

Here's how you can outline a praise journaling practice:

·       Choose a Format: Decide how you want to document your praise journal. You can use a physical journal, a digital document, or a specialized app.

·       Set a Time: Dedicate a specific time each day to write in your praise journal. This could be in the morning to start your day on a positive note or in the evening to reflect on the day's blessings.

·       Identify Positives: Write down things you're grateful for or positive experiences you've had. These can range from big achievements to small moments of joy.

·       Be Specific: Instead of just listing general things, try to be specific. For example, instead of writing "I'm grateful for my family," you could write "I'm grateful for the laughter we shared during dinner tonight."

·       Express Emotions: Describe how these positives make you feel. Connect with the emotions associated with the things you're grateful for.

·       Vary Your Entries: Don't repeat the same things every day. Aim to find new aspects of your life to praise, even if they seem minor.

·       Stay Consistent: Commit to writing in your praise journal regularly, whether it's daily or a few times a week. Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of this practice.

·       Reflect on Challenges: You can also include challenges or difficulties you've faced, but frame them in a way that focuses on the lessons or positive outcomes they've brought.

·       Focus on the Present: While it's okay to reflect on the past or look forward to the future, the primary focus should be on the present moment and the blessings you currently have.

·       Experience the Gratitude: As you write, truly feel the gratitude and positivity associated with each entry. This can amplify the emotional impact of the practice.

·       Praise journaling can help shift your mindset towards positivity and enhance your overall well-being by acknowledging and appreciating the good in your life.