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Keep a journal…

In these unusual times, keeping a journal might provide some much needed solace and peace.

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” said William Wordsworth. You don’t have to be a great poet to keep a journal – many of us do, writing down fairly meaningless wonderings (at least in my case) every day of our lives. It’s a wonderful way to capture our thoughts and feelings, and to untangle the worrying period we are living in.

Now, some of us have more time on our hands to complete journals – older people can capture their stories for the younger generation, while kids can get involved writing too. Not only does regular writing make you feel good, it helps you re-live the events you experienced in a safe environment where you can process them without fear or stress.

Here are five reasons to have a go at journaling:

  • Clears your mind. Declutter your mind as you organise your thoughts and emotions on the page. This frees up mental space to think more clearly
  • Helps you de-stress. Once journaling becomes a habit, you’ll start to see it as a safe zone for personal growth
  • A tool for self-improvement. When you jot down your emotions and experiences regularly, you can look back to assess your goals. It helps accomplish your personal goals
  • Facilitates healing: Journaling accelerates the process of healing, which is what we all need today

The first step is to choose a type of journal and to develop a writing ritual. Dedicate 10 to 15 minutes every day to writing about whatever is swirling in your mind. You can either jot down one recollection or fill up pages after pages. Children can draw in it, do homework, write stories – and it will all be kept for you to remember.

FROM YOU TO ME is the authentic creator of beautiful and emotive gift books and journals, and we love them. They inspire us to reflect on, capture and share priceless memories and stories, and to create cherished moments.

Right now, more than ever, the FROM YOU TO ME Journals of a Lifetime are providing much needed solace for people who can’t be with their parents, grandparents or friends. The chance to get others to capture and share stories and memories from their amazing lives is more relevant in a world where we are unable to connect in the ways we have previously.

Getting children, who are now off school for the foreseeable future, to write, explore and learn from and with their parents is another challenge. The &Me range of journals gets kids to explore a question a day along with their mum, dad or a grandparent with the chance for the child, or indeed the adult, to share any concerns or worries they may be going through during these difficult times. Again, these can be done side by side or over the phone or video calls.

In addition, the FROM YOU TO ME new Mindfulness range are inspiring journals for giving or coveting for yourself! Using the new-found time at home to focus on you for self-discovery, improving happiness & daily positivity … or simply relaxing creating unique & meditative Mandala designs with the Mandala Sketchbook.

You can see the full range of Journals and Gift books at and you can also see their Facebook post where they are encouraging us all to engage with our friends and family over the phone asking them a question taken from the Journals. These questions are due to be added to each week. You can, if you wish, share you’re the responses you get on the page for a chance to win a Journal of a Lifetime of your choice.  

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