How I Journaled My Way Into A Better Mental Health

Do you journal?

I've always heard of journaling and the only thing I journal is my to-do list. I love making lists so you can see why this makes a lot of sense. I started following this influencer who lives in Canada and she always talks about journaling and having a gratitude jar where she puts the stuff she's grateful for every day.

Last week, a close friend of mine updated her WhatsApp story as regards journaling and I decided to download an app to take it seriously. It's the most refreshing feeling. I remember thinking hard last Friday about one thing I was grateful for and the answer was an easy life.

The world is full of chaos. 2020 has been a dreadful year so far. So many plans erased, so many people, dead and a host of other horror tales. It's like it's a 5-star horror movie on a big screen. However, amid the chaos, if you think hard, as hard as I thought last Friday to find something I was truly grateful for, you'd understand that there's a lot to be thankful for.

Take a trip down memory lane and think about this time last year. You're not the same, something has changed, you're different now. You've grown maybe financially, spiritually, emotionally, or even in your career. In May 2020, I was depressed and it wasn't even about the pandemic, I lost over 200k in a cancelled order that was after writing thousands of words for the clients(if you are no willing to pay 50% to 75% for a job now, avoid me). I didn't see anything to be thankful for, I went off social media and I stopped talking to my mom. If I was journaling or writing things I'm thankful for every day, I would have gone back to look at my gratitude journal and I would have found something to keep me sane.

I'm not in that place anymore, but I'm sure you get my point. If you need mental clarity or you are someone who is always depressed, it's important to find something to be grateful for every day. I currently use the Presently App and I think it's amazing, but if you don't think you want that app, there are a bunch of other apps that can be of great help. You also follow the Millennial's diary method and keep a gratitude jar where you get to write what you're grateful for every day and put it in the jar.
If you write down what you plan to achieve, most times, when you come back years or months after, you'd see that you've ticked off some and that's a freaking big deal guys!
My Tips
  • Write down one thing you're grateful for on your app or in your notes.
  • Write down what you intend to achieve in a day (your to-do) list.

What are you grateful for today? I'm grateful for the peace of mind and yes, I journal. Leave your thoughts in the comments section. Happy new week.


  1. I journal my gratitude too and for the times I did, I felt this surge of strength and deep appreciation for the things I had taken for granted. Journaling is one act that's hugely underrated. Nice read❤️

    1. Thanks for reading and yes, journaling is underrated.

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