In the last decade, there has been a significant increase in improving mental health, emotional well-being, and self-care, but where do you begin? There are so many positive coping skills and so many outlets saying which ones are better that it’s easy to become overwhelmed just by searching! One cost-efficient and underestimated skill is journaling.

The Day by Daybook was created by Noelle Van Vlierbergen, who said she came up with the journal because writing literally saved her life. “I believe in the power of the written word and it has the ability to teach us things about ourselves that we may never discover otherwise,” says Noelle. 

The Day by Daybook is not just an ordinary journal with some prompts. It’s a 90-day journal and planner combination designed to put well-being ahead of productivity. “In these changing times, people are looking more and more for ways to focus on self-care. We live in a culture where productivity is such a priority but it comes at the expense of our own well being,” says Noelle. “This simple system helps individuals become more aware of what they can do to improve their emotional well-being while still achieving their goals.”

After partnering with several mental and behavioral health professionals, Noelle was able to create an entire line of journals, for any kind of change. With three different versions (Classic, Teen, and Recovery) you’ll be able to find the Day by Daybook that fits your current position in life. 

For some, the task of journaling can still sound daunting. I mean, what do you journal about, and how does it even help? Here are 3 powerful benefits of journaling.

1. Reduce Stress

WHAT?! Putting pen to paper can help me relieve and reduce stress? That’s right! It’s been proven that journaling can reduce stress by helping you get rid of negative thoughts. One study showed that expressive writing for 15-20 minutes per day was enough to help patients heal quicker and sleep better after 21 days.

2. Increase IQ and EQ

I know this one sounds crazy, but it’s true! Journaling is an exploration of emotions and language. Naturally, you’ll begin seeking new words for your journal, which will increase your vocabulary, which is one of the measures used to examine intelligence. 

Most everyone is familiar with IQ, but what about EQ? Your Emotional Quotient (EQ) is a measure of emotional intelligence and it is your ability to understand, use, and manage your emotions. By consistently journaling, you’ll learn to decipher your emotions, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.

3. Increase Self-Confidence

Today, it’s so easy for the media to negatively impact your self-esteem, and journaling is a great way to get those happier thoughts back. When you journal about the positive experiences in your life, it allows your brain to re-experience them. The release of endorphins and dopamine, two happy hormones, will help brighten your mood and increase your self-esteem. 

If journaling still seems daunting, you’re not alone and Noelle has a solution. The Day by Daybook is able to be customized and, with the different options, you’ll be able to choose which fit is perfect for you. 

Instead of a 12- or 18-month planner, the Day by Daybook is set up in 3-month increments. It allows for “bite-sized goals.” There are also daily, monthly, and weekly spreads as well as lists to help you keep tabs on your goals and milestones.Opinions expressed here are the opinions of the author. Influencive does not endorse or review brands mentioned; does not and can not investigate relationships with brands, products, and people mentioned and is up to the author to disclose. VIP Contributors and Contributors, amongst other accounts and articles, are professional fee-based.