The Bucket/F*ck it List
They say laughter is the best medicine. It is a simple yet effective self-care tactic that’s often overlooked. With The Bucket/F*ck it List (not your run-of-the-mill bucket list), prepare for laugh-out-loud entertainment and enlightenment. This quirky little travel guide encompasses every odd and obscure thing to be done (or not) between the couch and the open road. It will be tough to determine what’s more satisfying: checking things off your list or getting a good laugh while doing it.
52 Lists for Calm
Those of us who suffer from the debilitating effects of anxiety know it can leave you feeling depleted and off-kilter. That’s why it’s crucial to identify and employ stress-relieving tactics that restore balance to your being. Bestselling author Moorea Seal has crafted a journal that’s designed to do just that. It teaches us self-care through the calming practice of list-making. Prompts include mindfulness strategies, soul-soothing imagery, and thought-provoking quotes. If you suffer from anxiety or burnout, you’ll find this journal especially helpful.
Be a Blessing
Kindness is the gift that keeps on giving. When reminiscing over past acts of service, we tend to relive the joy we once felt. In Debbie Macomber’s latest work, she teaches us how to foster kindness and joy through journaling. With intuitive prompts, insightful quotes, and step-by-step guidance and encouragement, we learn how small acts of kindness can have a significant impact on our journey to self-discovery.
Notes to Self
Self-care is something you should define on your own terms. Notes to Self, the latest journal from illustrator and bestselling author Lisa Currie, directly aligns with that philosophy. This journal makes it easy for you to set the pace while exploring and contemplating the gems within its pages. You’ll be prompted to check in with your thoughts, practice vulnerability, satisfy your curiosity, and more. This journal acts as a reminder—or note to self—that we should never forget to make time for who’s most important.
One Minute Journal
Do you have a minute? If your answer is yes, but only a minute, then this is the journal for you. Complete with a small hourglass timer and 236 thought-provoking prompts, this innovative concept inspires you to journal for a minute a day. Consider it self-care for busy people. Reflect, compose lists, and draw your way to a relaxed state, all within 60 seconds. You know you have a minute to spare, so take the time to indulge in self-care.
Over the millennia, it’s been speculated that the moon directly affects the hearts, minds, and bodies of humankind, influencing everything from aggressive behavior to fertility cycles. In this guided journal—structured around the phases of the moon—writers are encouraged to record sentiments of gratitude and moments of mindfulness for clarity and self-reflection. Surrender your self-care regimen to the lunar phases and let the cosmos assist you on your journey to happiness.
Wreck This Journal: Now in Color
Buzzfeed calls this “the coolest journal you’ll ever see,” and we have to agree. This bestselling deep dive into your creative soul is a one-of-a-kind marvel. In its unapologetically messy approach to stimulating your creative juices, it encourages you to break the rules, get out of your head, and just create. Take this rare opportunity to let your inner child roam freely. Color, paint, and shred your way to clarity, beauty, and transformation. Who said self-care couldn’t be exciting?
Project 1, 2, 3
They say three is the magic number. It symbolizes the tripartite nature of life: mind, body, spirit; sky, earth, water; birth, life, death. Project 1, 2, 3 harnesses that power by encouraging us to live our best life in lists of three. With exercises in creativity, this journal helps you preserve special moments and experiences in bursts of three, guiding you to reconnect and bring joy into your daily life. This work is a study in how to create happiness. Incorporate it into your daily self-care routine.
Life can be complicated, and we can’t always control what happens to us. Thankfully, we have the power to control how we respond to it. You may think it impossible to harness that level of discipline; on the contrary, the ability to control one’s behavior has its roots in self-awareness: knowledge of one’s character, feelings, motives, and desires. Self-awareness arms us with the ability to mindfully maneuver our way through life with grace and compassion—but we aren’t born with it. It must be developed and cultivated, and that’s where self-care comes in. It’s a practice in discerning what we like and what we don’t like, what inspires and dissuades us, what makes us courageous versus fearful, and so on. Consider it a gateway into self-awareness.
Here are eight self-care journals that promote self-love in many forms. You’ll be prompted to think deeply and reflectively on how to best honor your truest self.
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