Journaling can be an effective way to cope with overwhelming emotions and to track our mental health symptoms in a way that helps us self advocates for the care we need from our therapist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional. Keeping a mental health journal can be a particularly effective way to boost the effectiveness of our journaling.
Even if we don’t suffer from a mental health diagnosis, journal prompts about our emotional well-being and printable journaling worksheets about mindfulness and healthy coping can be ways to grow awareness and insight into our coping styles and relational patterns. Over time, the insight gained through journaling about anxiety and other mental health symptoms, as well as our general mental health and well-being, can develop insight that can help contribute to more satisfying relationships and an increased capacity for resilience in difficult circumstances.
The collection of resources below are an assortment of journal templates, anxiety worksheets, stress management tools, and other interactive visual resources. Some of these resources are free printables while other printable PDFs require a small fee. This fee helps keep my art sustainable by supporting my ability to continue to create, fees for downloads also make it possible for me to offer many of my printable resources for free – especially resources serving historically marginalized populations (all anti-racism, Spanish language, and ESL printable PDF resources are provided free of charge)
Note that while some users experiencing the symptoms of anxiety or depression may find that general journaling, or journaling by using my worksheets and journal prompts, may be helpful, my site and available resources are not intended to diagnose or treat any mental illness, and are available for educational and entertainment purposes only.
Everyone has a different “default” way of coping with anxiety – and many of us will experience a shift from one extreme of the spectrum to the other at least once during our lifetime. While our culture praises the “brave” approach and shames the avoidant, the extremes of both approaches are equally harmful ways of avoiding the discomfort of being present to the tension of the middle ground. In this middle space – where we feel our fear but choose to tolerate some discomfort in order to grow – we inhabit our bodies, we have self-compassion for ourselves, and let ourselves experience the emotions inherent in doing things that are really, really hard.
This download includes a worksheet on generalized anxiety. The 1-page black-and-white worksheet is designed to flip brains from “therapy homework” mode into “interactive activity book” mode, which may help folks develop awareness, mindfulness, and self-soothing skills with less of the stigma or avoidance that clinical resources sometimes prompt.