The Custom Journal

The Custom Journal

by Adam Graser

 The Custom Journal is a wellness company that uses the power of personalized journaling to help mitigate the everyday feelings of anxiety and stress. Instead of staring down at daunting blank pages in a notebook, The Custom Journal uses a user-friendly web application that enables individuals to design the inside pages of their journal, choosing between various Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and organizational prompts to create a journal that is truly theirs.

What happened to inspire this little, powerful book? 

Well, life did. The Custom Journal is a bit of a quarantine baby. As a type 1 Diabetic during COVID 19, I felt a newfound surge of anxiety for my health and wellness. It was through sitting with, researching and learning about this discomfort, that I found a desire to create something that would not only help myself, but others as well.

The truth is, even without this pandemic, the world seems to be moving at an increasingly fast pace. As a late 20-year-old finance professional in New York City, my life moves at a charging pace, constantly shifting gears between work and relationships. And I know that no matter where you are, what you are doing, we are both feeling this together.

On average, adults make ~35,000 decisions per day, which is literally mind-blowing. So yes, I had definitely been wanting to thank that amazing machine upstairs, but also find a way to quiet down the thoughts racing inside it. So I began to do some research (I am an analytical person after all)!

That brings me to my little bit of business, and whole lot of pleasure product, The Custom Journal. I began journaling after watching an amazing vlog on the science of journal writing. I was astounded by the facts and sheer simplicity of it all. Just one act of writing can have incredible health benefits!

So where to go? I wanted to create a journal that was special to my needs, not just blank pages or pre-determined templates, but something that fit my humor and the daily routine that I wanted to shape. The problem was, this level of customization was nowhere to be found. I was astounded. How can we be our best selves by journaling if our journals aren’t a reflection of the things we want? How will we stick to this important task if the items on the page aren’t meant for our hearts and minds alone? So, I got to work.

The Custom Journal offers a resource to help mitigate anxiety and depression, helps spread awareness about mental health, and aids in removing the stigma that is so often attached to these disorders. It is why I chose to partner with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). On the ADAA site you can find a therapist, access free resources and get support. As I shared with you above, I feel even more strongly about ADAA’s mission today, which is why a percentage of proceeds for every journal sold goes to this incredible agency/resource. The Custom Journal is a labor of love, one that I hope makes you smile, think and move forward each day. If so, I hope you will share your love of journaling and this product with someone you love.

Together, we can make it through challenges, reflect on our victories and memorialize what it means to be human, one line at a time. Welcome to YOUR Custom Journal!

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