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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Journal

Journaling can assist in managing stress, depression, and anxiety. Here are some tips about how to choose the right journal for your needs.

It's impossible to overstate the benefits of writing things down in a digital world, and keeping a journal makes it even easier to organize your thoughts. In addition, some researchers have discovered that journaling may assist you in managing stress, depression and anxiety because it encourages self-organization and reflection.

Therefore, it becomes important to pick the right notebook for you. Selecting the right journal can be a difficult task for some people. However, the type of journal you need varies depending on your journal's purpose. Let us now discuss some tips on choosing the right journal for your creative journaling. 

How to choose the right journal?

  1. Binding: hardbound or spiral binding?

Hardbound books have a hard cover with stitching at the spine that holds the pages together. This option can allow you to draw or paint across the entire spread. A wire coil winds through a series of holes at the spine of a spiral binding diary. This kind of journal allows you to work on one page while the book is flat by folding it completely over itself.

If you are using it for nature journaling, it might need to be the right one. Because the spiral will be in the middle of your work, it will be difficult to seamlessly cross the spine. This may not bother some people; therefore, if it does not bother you, proceed to work across the spiral naturally!

  1. Size 

The size that you will use is the next thing to think about. You want a journal that will support you rather than hinder you. Small journals are convenient to carry everywhere, and you can also carry them everywhere and start journaling whenever and wherever you need.

Other Large journals are quite extensive. This can make it possible to draw expressive lines, but you might be reluctant to use a large journal because it might be hard to fit in your field kit, it might be uncomfortable to hold while you are sketching, or the pages might be too big to fill in on just one trip.

  1. Orientation 

Your journal can be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientation. Your decision will be based on your preferred work, style and subject. When finished, landscape-themed journals can be very attractive, but it cannot be easy to hold them open while sketching, especially if you are standing. But if you're using them for writing, the portrait is best suited.

  1. Paper type

Journaling notebooks or diaries come in different papers. The type of paper you select to use in your journal will affect your writing and can affect your work. 


As you can see, there are many options when choosing a journal, from a spiral-binding diary to small journals, but don't be intimidated by them. You can determine which journal format is best for you by experimenting. It is optional for your first choice to be your final one. Maintaining a journal is an excellent way to let your creativity run wild. Even though most of us haven't discovered it yet, everyone can be creative. The best place to begin exploring your creative side is in your journal.