How to Create a Thoughts Journal

Three Parts:Choosing a suitable journalWriting in your thoughts journalKeeping your journal safe

Everyone needs a constructive way to process their emotions every now and then. Writing about your thoughts is a good way to both let go of your emotions, and to reflect on how you are feeling at certain times, from feeling depressed to feeling euphoric. Thought journals really help you by opening up the emotions, exploring them more closely and identifying the triggers so that you can learn to better manage your feelings. Here are a few tips and pointers that will help you write a journal and maintain it as well.

Part 1
Choosing a suitable journal

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    Get a nice notebook that you like the feel and look of. It's a good idea to buy one online, as you'll may find a greater assortment of notebooks; however, if you want to hold and touch the notebook first, visit a few stores that stock good quality stationery. If you can't find a design you like, it's a fun idea to find any kind of durable but flexible paper, such as wrapping paper, in a color you like, which you can use to cover a plain notebook with.
    • Write your name on the first page and any relevant details.

Part 2
Writing in your thoughts journal

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    Start with an introductory page. You could add a picture of yourself if you like. It's a also a neat place to write about your likes, your dislikes, your family, your friends, your enemies, your crush etc. This will personalize your journal.
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    Use the journal whenever you need to explore your thoughts and form an opinion. Write about your thoughts on a particular topic you'd like to write about. It could be politics, popularity in school, a story, or anything you feel like writing.
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    Use the journal whenever you'd like to get your feelings sorted out. It can be useful to write down your feelings whenever you feel confused, upset, worried or distressed. It can be just as useful to write down your thoughts whenever you're feeling happy, excited or inspired. Recording thoughts can help you to learn that you're a balance of both negative and positive thoughts and that you might be tilting a little too far either way and need to readjust to see life more realistically or less pessimistically. It's also great to have some positive entries to read on days when you feel everything but happy or settled.
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    Use the journal whenever you need to make a difficult decision. It can be a great place to make lists, do pro and con columns and to work through consequences. You can also read back to other times you've made decisions, to remind yourself of the outcome and what worked best for you each time (or what didn't work).
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    Use the journal to help you visualize goals and desires. Use mind maps, lists, diagrams and other visual aids to work through the goals you want to set yourself and the hopes and desires for things to turn out the way you'd like them to. Be sure to include possible roadblocks and speed bumps––thinking ahead about possible negatives is a way of planning for the worst and having alternative scenarios to help you move on.
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    Try to draw pictures to make it interesting. Of course, you could also use photographs if you have any.
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    It's a good idea to write your journal after school or college each day or after dinner. By that time, a lot has probably happened that day, and you might want to write about it.
    • It's really up to you if you want to write in your thoughts journal daily or less often. The benefit of getting into a habit of writing daily is that it can help you to see patterns of thinking and can be a great way to start rearranging your thoughts to be more constructive and helpful to you. You don't need to write a lot each day––just a few lines is as fine as several pages.

Part 3
Keeping your journal safe

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    Hide your journal somewhere safe. You do not want your journal to be found, especially if you write about private thoughts or secrets. So make sure you keep it safe. Some ideas for hiding places include:
    • Keep it tucked between books in a bookshelf that only you ever use.
    • Put it in pile of folded clothing that only you ever access.
    • Place it inside a shoebox of many papers.
    • Hide it in plain site. Make it as boring as your school or college books and keep it among them. Just take care not to carry it to school or college with you though!
    • Keep inside a secret hollow book.
    • And boldest of all, don't worry about others reading it. Be bold and don't care what others snoop around and learn. That's their karma and you'll stand by the person you are.


  • It's your journal. Don't feel as if there are any "have to do this" approaches. If you want to write it upside down and back to front, in squid ink and filled with cartoons, that's totally up to you. The only must is that it all makes sense to you.
  • Remember that you are writing for yourself and that this journal can also be used as a sad day diary.
  • Check out thrift stores and charity shops for old notebooks that nobody cares for or has even ever written in. You can grab a bargain this way and give that book another chance.
  • Choose nice writing implements. These are an important part of the writing process, as they make it more enjoyable. Find a pen that flows nicely and feels good to hold. Use colorful pencils and markers to add designs and images.


  • Realize that should someone read your thoughts journal and make fun of you, it is they who are the lesser person, not you. If they read something about themselves that they do not like, that is the price for snooping. That said, if the person reading is in a position of authority over you and can make life hard or unbearable for you, use a code or hide it extremely well; there is no need to get harmed over expressing your thoughts.
  • If hiding the journal, avoid places where snoops know to look, such as under a bed, under a pillow or in a desk drawer.
  • Its better not to brag about your journal to your siblings. Doing so will likely prompt them to try to find and read it.

Things You'll Need

  • Suitable notebook
  • Covering for notebook (optional)
  • Nice writing implements
  • Place to hide the journal, if needed

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