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Top 101 Mental Health Blogs of 2021

  Thursday, January 14, 2021

Are you focused on your mental health in 2021? If so, JournalOwl's top 101 mental health blogs of 2021 can help. These blogs cover various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. Bookmark these blogs so you can use them as resources throughout the year. Of course, we're biased with JournalOwl leading the pack!

7 Methods to Stop a Panic Attack

  Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Anxiety and panic attacks are awful. Your quality of life suffers, your physical health can be impacted, and relationships tend to suffer. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, there is hope. It will not last forever. You can overcome it.

Benefits to Keeping a Bible Journal

  Saturday, December 26, 2020
  Christianity   

The Word of God is the Bible. As a Christian, understanding scripture and how to apply it to your life is a lifelong pursuit. Connecting with God and developing a deep relationship with him is accomplished through prayer and studying the Word of God. Christians are encouraged to analyze the Word and relate it’s often aged meaning to their modern lifestyle. It can be challenging to interpret the Bible as it relates to modern times.

How to Stay Patient as a New Parent

  Friday, December 25, 2020

Parenting is never easy, especially for new parents. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that revives your whole life. Blessed with a baby recently? Is he/she freaking you out? Well, it's normal! Kids come down from heaven on a special mission and that is to turn their parents’ life upside down. And now that you have brought them to the world, you need to handle them kindly and wisely.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Personal Memoirs

  Sunday, December 20, 2020

If you go to a bookstore, you’ll see book after book that contains someone’s life story. These life stories were written by well-known people, including Barack and Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Anthony Bourdain, Stephen King, and others. It’s easy to understand why people want to read their life stories, but what about your account? Does your life story have value?

21 Questions to Formulate a Winning Business Plan

  Friday, December 4, 2020

Your business plan should serve as your company’s foundation (U.S. Small Business Administration, n.d.). It should include information about all stages of your business, from the startup phase to the exit strategy. Because the document is so important, you need to prepare before you start writing.

How to Overcome Insomnia with Journaling

  Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night (CDC, n.d.). If you get less than that, you will increase your risk of severe health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, chronic kidney disease, and cancer. Your mental health can also suffer, causing you to feel depressed, anxious, and irritable.

How to Overcome Health Anxiety

  Thursday, October 8, 2020

It’s not unusual to be concerned about your health when you are sick. You want to live a long and healthy life, so if you become ill, you can’t help but worry. You probably undergo medical treatment to get better and then might make some changes to safeguard your health. For instance, if you come down with the flu, your handwashing behaviors might improve. If you suffer a heart attack, you’d likely change your diet and start exercising. 

How to Make $1 Million Before Turning 40 With the Power of Journaling

  Thursday, October 1, 2020

Seventy-eight percent of workers live paycheck to paycheck, and almost 75 percent are in debt (Friedman, 2019). You don’t want to find yourself in the same situation, so you need a strategy to put money in the bank and earn your first million before turning 40.

170 Ways to Show Gratitude in Your Daily Journal

  Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Does it seem like life is busier than ever before? You are always putting out fires or handling obligations, and it all becomes a blur. When you’re always hustling, it can be challenging to find the joy in life. That, in turn, makes it hard to be grateful. Fortunately, you don’t have to make a significant life change to bring gratitude into your life. You can accomplish it by starting a gratitude journal. Committing as little as five minutes a day to writing in a gratitude journal can chan...

Heart Palpitations? It Might Be an Electrolyte Imbalance

  Monday, September 7, 2020

Everything seems normal, and then, you notice your heart throbbing, pounding, fluttering, or skipping a beat. You can’t help but feel anxious and might even worry you’re about to have a heart attack. You end up going to the doctor for a checkup, and the provider mentions your heart palpitations could be an electrolyte imbalance. Part of you is relieved. After all, an electrolyte imbalance sure sounds better than a heart attack. You’re also confused, though. What is an electrolyte imbalance,...

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Recovery Journal

  Thursday, September 3, 2020

If you are fighting a bad habit, you probably feel like you’re alone. You’re the only person trying to stop smoking, drinking, or using drugs. In reality, these are common problems that people face.

How to Overcome Porn Addiction with Journaling

  Friday, August 21, 2020

People have been interested in pornography since the beginning of time. If you were to explore the La Magdelaine caves, you’d find sketches of naked women that date back to 15,000 BC. (Kushner, 2019). The cave art was replaced with clay tablets, which early porn enthusiasts used to write sonnets about female anatomy. Then, books became the medium of choice, and Pietro Aretino emerged as the first pornographer, filling pages with sex positions so tawdry that the pope issued a ban. Generation...

An Ultimate Guide to Journaling for Weight Loss

  Saturday, July 25, 2020

For countless Americans, reaching and maintaining an ideal weight is a struggle. In 2015–16, 71.6 percent of American adults aged 20 and over were obese or overweight, according to the CDC. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016).

The Benefits of Therapeutic Journaling for PTSD

  Monday, July 6, 2020

Your struggles with PTSD can bring daily challenges and frequent reminders of how much this disorder has impacted your life. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed or you’re already very familiar with the ups and downs of symptoms, you know that having supportive people around you and keeping a positive and optimistic mindset are critical to your progress, your recovery, and your overall wellbeing.

Overgeneralizing Spells Trouble for Anxiety Sufferers

  Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  Anxiety  

Let’s say a college student is delivering a speech in her college for a debating competition. Everything is going fine, and she has done all the important research work she needed to do for the speech. However, as she is delivering it, she forgets an important point, and she takes a long pause for 10 seconds to collect her thoughts and come back.

Enough with the Should'a, Could'a, Would'a! The Past is the Past. Move On

  Monday, June 1, 2020
  CBT  

Cognitive distortions include different patterns that restrict our capacity towards achieving our optimum potential to reach our life goals. These often arise from a fixed mindset filtering out the positives and only emphasizing the negative. With this type of mindset, you can quickly sabotage your best efforts.

Why are you filtering out the positives in your life?

  Sunday, May 31, 2020
  Anxiety   CBT  

Let’s suppose you’re going to a concert with your friends and all your friends are expecting their favorite band to sing and perform for them. They have dressed up and are in their best mood for the evening. Whereas you are thinking about the dress that doesn’t fit you the way you were expecting it to fit.

Why Anxiety Suffers Must Avoid Sugar

  Saturday, May 30, 2020
  Anxiety   Sugar Free  

Lifestyle modifications are one of the critical ways to overcoming anxiety and depression, and diet plays a major role in a person's lifestyle. Most people wonder whether or not excess sugar consumption is the cause of anxiety, and if cutting it out has the potential to treat anxiety or ease its troublesome symptoms. In this article, we will be exploring the relationship between sugar intake and anxiety and ways to make sure that your plate is not contributing to anxiety attacks.

Proven Health Benefits Of Daily Exercise

  Thursday, May 28, 2020

Exercise is defined as any physical movement that requires your body to burn calories and makes your muscles work. Experts divide physical activities into different types, including walking, running, jogging, swimming, dancing, and cycling to name a few.

3 Reasons Vaping is Not a Safe Alternative to Smoking

  Wednesday, May 27, 2020

If you are thinking about kicking your smoking habit, you are not alone. Nearly 6 of 10 chain smokers say they want to quit. Quitting all forms of smoking is the best gift you can give to yourself as it harms nearly every organ and tissues in your body, from the heart to kidneys, and blood vessels to the brain.

How to Assume the Best and Stop Mind Reading

  Tuesday, May 26, 2020

It's your first day at work, and you're excited to meet all your colleagues and be at the job you've always dreamed of, but as soon you greet a tired fellow with a smiley "Good Morning!", he hits you back with a cold "Mornin'" while sipping his hot coffee and not even bothering to note the new sound at the office. Then you suddenly fall prey to a cascade of negative emotions in which you are mostly bombarding your mind with assumptions of all kinds.

Why All-or-Nothing Thinking is Not Healthy

  Sunday, May 24, 2020

All-or-nothing thinking means perceiving and analyzing different conditions with an extreme approach. Either the interpretation is too positive or too negative for an event. For example, we might call ourselves an erred human for failing at something and think we would only be loved if we achieve a certain goal. This is an all-or-nothing thinking approach.

14 Cognitive Distortions Side-Tracking Your Personal Development

  Saturday, May 23, 2020
  Anxiety  

At an early age, I was particularly in tune with how I felt about a given situation or person. I could “feel” things (or so I thought) that other people could not. My emotions would lead me in many directions at once – sometimes in a productive manner, but most of the time in a trivial direction.

Online vs. In-person Therapy

  Thursday, May 21, 2020

Whether you are suffering from an acute disease like a common cold or a chronic disorder like diabetes, consulting a doctor is necessary to receive appropriate advice for relieving the symptoms. However, most often, patients ignore the need to visit a physician just because of the lack of time.

Embracing Gratitude in Times of Uncertainty

  Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  Anxiety   Depression  

For many Americans the practice of expressing gratitude occurs once a year around the Thanksgiving Dinner table. On this day Americans stop and reflect on the blessings in their lives.

How to Keep a Food Diary

  Monday, May 11, 2020

A food diary can reveal a lot about your own personality, especially your eating habits. At my medical practice, I continually encounter people who have benefited greatly from keeping a food diary to overcome obesity while better managing chronic diseases like depression and hypertension.

12 Steps to Journaling Your Way to Sobriety

  Friday, May 8, 2020
  Alcohol Free  

Whether it’s obesity, or diabetes, or hypertension, I have repeatedly observed in my clinical practice that patients are unable to control these diseases just because of their high alcohol intake.

How to Start a Quit Smoking Journal

  Thursday, May 7, 2020
  Smoke Free  

It may come as a surprise to you. But, in my 15 years of clinical practice, I have repeatedly witnessed how keeping a smoking journal has helped patients quit and stay off cigarettes over the long-term.

Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Pregnancy Journal

  Tuesday, May 5, 2020
  Pregnancy  

Have you thought of keeping a journal during pregnancy? For most women, it may seem like just another task at the time they already feel weighed down by stress and challenges. The physical changes occurring in the body during pregnancy, symptoms like morning sickness, and much more…

Mastering the 4-7-8 Breath Technique to Face Cravings

  Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Abstaining from a bad habit is not easy. Chemicals like nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are very addictive to human beings. With sheer will power, an individual can often abstain from addictive substances for a short period of time, but inevitably a stressful event (or trigger) occurs in life.

Why Keep a Bladder Diary?

  Saturday, April 25, 2020

Uh oh, you have the urge to pee again. How annoying, right? You are not alone. Millions of people in America suffer from overactive bladder symptoms at some point or another in their life.

8 Iconic People Who Kept Journals

  Friday, April 24, 2020
  Did You Know?  

Did you know that some of history’s biggest names kept journals? It really shouldn’t be a surprise. Research has shown that journaling improves mental health, decreases stress, and even helps with organization and memory.

3 Reasons to Keep a Blood Pressure Diary

  Friday, April 24, 2020

At your last doctor’s office visit, the nurse unwraps the cuff from your arm and writes down the reading in your chart. You find it odd that she does not say “great blood pressure” like she has so many times in the past, but you shrug it off.

Therapeutic Journaling: A Guide to Overcoming Anxiety in Uncertain Times

  Thursday, April 23, 2020

It seems like life as you know it has changed overnight. One day, you were going to work, restaurants, movies, and more. Now, you are sheltering in place, wondering if you or your loved one will develop COVID-19 symptoms. Your anxiety likely spikes when you do venture out to the grocery store, where you’re greeted with empty shelves and people wearing masks trying to stay the mandated six feet apart.

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