May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and journaling for me has always been an approach for me to understand my feelings and check in with myself.
Here are more resources:, please check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s support page, Mental Health America has some good resources as well, and I recently found Mental Health Is Health, which is not only a beautifully designed website, but actually prompts you to talk about how you feel, and how you can work around those feelings.
I use these steps to check in with myself, and then journal about how I’m feeling. It’s not much, but it’s a short, easy ritual to practice your emotional and mental health awareness.
First I included a mini meditation that I do, just a 5 second breathe in, and a a 5 second breathe out. Then of course, a check in on your feelings, I keep it simple, rank it between 1-5, Great, Good, Meh, Bad, Terrible. And of course, the same with my body and physical well-being. I usually write in my journal while doing these steps.
As before, the cards are 3.5″ x 2.5″; there is an all sans serif version, and then one that’s got a little cursive flair. There are crop marks so you know where to cut.