Mental Health | My 6 Minute Diary

Mental Health is such a difficult thing to keep track of because it’s so up and down. I can have a really good week then a really bad week. I’m affected by everything; hormones, family issues, workload, how others around me are feeling… even the weather affects my mood. I have certain habits and behaviours that I’d rather not have, and they always tend to increase the worse I’m feeling. Things like being particularly self-critical, picking at my skin, self-sabotaging by eating foods I know I’m intolerant to, finding it difficult to concentrate on work, feeling unmotivated. Whereas when I’m having a good week I’m up early, I’m productive, I’m taking good care of myself and making better choices.

But from the end of last year and throughout the beginning of this year I’ve definitely noticed a change in behaviour, and I’m feeling the calmest and most mentally stable I’ve ever felt. Part of that I credit to my extremely hard work during therapy last year. But I also really feel a lot of it is down to my 6-Minute Diary.

I bought two of these diaries, one for Rose and one for myself, after having a deep chat with our good friend. She was saying how her boyfriend had been using his 6-Minute Diary every day and how it had made a real difference to his mental health and she sent me a link. As someone who LOVES journalling (I literally have about five different diaries on the go right now), I bought them right away.

The beginning of the diary is a note from the creator of it, who shares an intimate story of his mental and physical struggles and how he overcame them. I won’t spoil the story, but it touched me to hear of someone who hit rock bottom and managed to get himself out of that place.

Next, the diary explains the psychological reasoning behind all the details of the diary. It’s great to understand the point of all the exercises, and know that it isn’t just random filler!

The idea of the diary is that you spend 3 minutes filling it in first thing in the morning and another 3 minutes the last thing at night before you go to bed. I immediately noticed that I was feeling so much more positive, especially just before bed. It was so lovely writing about all the wonderful things that had happened that day and I noticed that not only did I go to bed with a smile on my face, but even my dreams were more positive!

I will admit, I find it hard to fill in in the morning, as I’m a bit forgetful and usually running late, so sometimes I have to wake up and hop straight into the shower! But as I’ve spent a lifetime writing in my diary whilst tucked up in bed, that’s my favourite bit.

The diary also includes a habit tracker and a tool to rate certain areas of your life, like your health, your overall mood etc and it’s so interesting to flick through the monthly trackers and see how those areas are changing and why. Then it has weekly challenges and monthly questions for you to think about. It’s almost like homework about your own life! The monthly questions have made Rose and I think really deeply about what we are happy with and what we want to change in our lives – it’s honestly helped give me a much better perspective and some direction!

Inside the cover of The 6-Minute Diary, the tagline is “A book that will change your life”. Well, it’s certainly changed mine.

32 Comments

  1. Nicole Shanice
    February 22, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Definitely going to check it out x

  2. Bethan Bearfoot
    February 22, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    I defiantly think I’ll be getting one of these as my next positive journal. I have one at the moment made by a different company and I find it super helpful. Especially at the moment, as my mental health hasn’t been all to great with so many things going on in my life. Thank you Rosie for this post, and sharing such an amazing thing xxx

  3. February 22, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    deffo getting myself one of these! ❤️

  4. Anette
    February 22, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    Thanks for Sharing you are amazing Rosie

  5. Vivian Cooper
    February 22, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    I bought the 6 Minute diary about a year ago, and as someone who has bipolar it’s very easy for me to always see the negative. I find it hard to consistently see the good in things. The fact that the diary asks you to think of three great experiences every day is very good for me as it forces me to scan through the past 12 hours and find good moments. In the beginning it was actually very hard to find the good, but addressing this daily has improved matters no end. You can find meaningful experiences in the smallest of things, but oft times you have to train yourself to do so. The 6 Minute diary helps with this if you do it regularly.

    Thanks for posting this Rosie.

    • Rosie
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 10:36 pm

      Ahh Vivian I’m glad it helped you too! The three great things are actually my favourite part of the diary because I love flicking through old pages and looking at all the fun exciting things I’ve done! The good deed of the day made me focus on trying to make someone happy that day. It really has helped me so much! xx

  6. Clare
    February 22, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Will defo check it out. I’ve recently started a journal. It’s been really informative for me. But will look into the 6 minute diary. Anything that helps you smile and get up for the day is good. I’m glad that you both use it and helps. x

  7. L. A. Ander
    February 22, 2019 / 5:10 pm

    By any chance did you get to read the long email I shared with two of you about my very hard mental struggle…..well more a short book…..that was so very hard to write and more so to share?

  8. L. A. Ander
    February 22, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    Did you receive the long email I shared with two of you about my very hard mental struggle…..well more a short book…..that was so very hard to write and more so to share?

  9. Anthony Girgenti
    February 22, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    Rosie, these blogs are so well written and truly helpful. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I will look into this and really appreciate the heads up. Have a terrific weekend and thanks again!

  10. Cecile Brenton
    February 22, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    So proud of you, Rosie xo

  11. ~ A
    February 22, 2019 / 6:33 pm

    Hi Rosie! Thanks for sharing this with us. I really like the way you write your blogs, because you’re straight to the point with what you want the focus of the article to be, and your bright personality still shines through 🙂 I started a diary this year, wrote in it for about 2 weeks and then stopped lol, I should really start writing in it again. I feel like I should, especially after you’ve emphasised writing in a diary is a good way to monitor your mental health. Hope you and Rose have a great weekend! P.S. So looking forward to more blogs of yours, and the next LPG video! (I’m going to rewatch the last Life Is Strange video till then!) x

    • Rosie
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 10:34 pm

      It really is a good way to monitor it, especially if you flick through old pages and see where you were at when you wrote them and how far you’ve come! I would highly recommend starting one!

  12. February 22, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I definitely need something like that. I have to order for myself and my sister. thanks for another interesting post and link.
    Rosie, can you recommend us some interesting books you’ve read recently or those that have influenced you very much. I know, I know Overshare is the best but I read it 5 times and listened to the audiobook more than 20 times and I need something new

    • Rosie
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 10:33 pm

      I read a book the other day but it wasn’t very good! Can YOU recommend ME some good books, please? I really need someone to recommend me some fun fictional stories. The last really good book I read was a long time ago! As soon as I read a good one I will recommend xx

      • jaya
        February 24, 2019 / 5:41 pm

        “things a bright girl can do” by Sally Nicholls is an amazing book. it’s all about suffragettes, girl power with a bit of gayness in it – pretty much me in a book! you should def give it a read xx

      • February 25, 2019 / 7:48 pm

        You know what, recently I read The Miseducation of Cameron Post to compare it with the movie. It is much better than the movie and there are a lot of differences in it… I’m disappointed with the movie. the book is really good so I recommend it. I like everything written by Stephen King . I also read Scrappy Little Nobody
        by Anna Kendrick. Anna reminds me of Rose so I really enjoyed reading it. today I start Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

      • Ivona Szerement
        March 2, 2019 / 12:16 pm

        Hi Rosie, you wrote recently on twitter about that scene from Disobedience. I read the book, watched the movie and I have totally different thoughts on that. I lived 2 years in Israel, most of my friends are Jews so I have some knowledge about Judaism and Jewish lifestyle.
        Spitting 3 times (mystical number)
        whether done literally or figuratively is a classic response to something exceptionally good or evil. Jews have performed that ritual in response to seeing, hearing or learning of something terrible and as a prophylactic measure to prevent such a tragedy from happening or reoccurring.
        They do exactly the same in response to something wonderful to ward off the Evil Eye. Spitting was long considered a potent protector against magic and demons.
        This is how I see it… I can be wrong about it but when you read or watch the beginning of Disobedience, Rabbi Krushka speaks of angels and my theory about this scene makes more sense. This is the story of two Jewish girls.
        I hope I wrote it comprehensible. Have a nice weekend xx

  13. Septimber
    February 22, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    I never been able to be consistent with writing down my thoughts. I try to pick up writing things down every now and then. I think it’s good to write it all down, and get it out. I usually just talk to myself about how I feel while I am driving, LOL. Solo driving gives me time to speak to myself. You’ve inspired me to buy a journal and write, so thank you 🙂

    • Rosie
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      Why don’t you start off with a normal diary, like just blank pages, and put it next to your bed and write in it whenever! Then you don’t feel guilty for not writing in it every single day, just pick it up as you please. It really helps me to write, especially before bed, as I tend to worry less as I’ve been able to organise all my thoughts on paper xx

  14. Kimi
    February 23, 2019 / 12:40 am

    I like reading about how other people deal with their mental health, so thank you. I don’t write in the mornings before work, but I make it a habit to write every night before going to sleep. I do a gratitude list and a not so great list. I try to remind myself in the not so great list that I am doing my best and to not be too hard on myself, but I make myself write down the cringiest things and the reasons why I did or acted the way I did. I then try to think of a more positive way to address the issue for the next time. It is all about progress not perfection. The hardest thing I do every day is be nice to myself. I’m a work in progress. I also try to sit quietly for five minutes each day and clear my mind. Five minutes is a long time, believe me. This book is pretty darn good: There Is No Right Way To Meditate by Yumi Sakugawa.

  15. SCUBAGoldfish45
    February 23, 2019 / 5:19 am

    What an interesting concept! I kept a journal for the year 2000 when I was in high school. Turns out I didn’t have as many thoughts as I thought I would. I only ended up with 20 entries at the end of the year. Seems like I mostly used it to vent when I was angry but there was almost never any context so I couldn’t remember was I was mad about when I looked back. Now I use Twitter as an outlet, but with even less context and much shorter and more cryptic entries. *Sips tea with pinky conspicuously raised two miles in the air*

  16. Jo Maher
    February 23, 2019 / 6:46 am

    Rosie, a good book I’m reading is L. m. Montgomery’s
    “Anne of Green Gables”. I was gifted a copy at age 8, and read it every so often, at times when I need some perspective.
    I struggle in some of the areas you have written about, Rosie. Thank you for your dedication to Mental Health 🙂

  17. Maddy Reid
    February 24, 2019 / 3:32 am

    Sometimes people have to work through different activities to find what works for them. Thank you for sharing an option that works for you and may be a good choice for others!

  18. Lori
    February 24, 2019 / 5:49 am

    I have never been one to write in a diary but after reading this and knowing how it helped you during your therapy, I’m going to start. I will write before I go to bed and hopefully it will help me sleep by getting it out. I have some major things going on and my depression and anxiety are at their worst. May sound crazy but I talk to myself a lot and it can help me to hear it out loud. The diary will help in that way too I think.

    I am going back to the beginning of your blog 2014 and reading them all so I get caught up. Thank you for this post and I look forward to The next. ❤️

    P.S. Someone told me once that no one has all their shit together and if they say they do, they’re lying.

  19. Tonja Riley
    February 24, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    I appreciate you giving us different options. I have such an up and down of my mental state around this time. I have an euphoric feeling due to celebrating Valentine’s day and then a week later my wife’s birthday, I go from such an amazing time and feeling to sadness because one of my parents birthday fall a week later, and then the other another a month or so later. I lost both of my parents unexpected. My mother first and then my father 4years later. I hope the 6 minute diary will help me find some balance. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Kate Broadbent
    February 24, 2019 / 11:57 pm

    This sounds like an awesome idea. I was told 3 years ago to start a journal / diary as i suffered a brain injury. But for the life of me do you think i can remember to write in the damn thing But good for you for sharing with us your process ❤

    • Evelyn Wright
      February 27, 2019 / 4:11 am

      I tend to write on scraps of paper whenever I get the urge to. The act of writing is what helps me, and then I’ll come across the papers at the most unexpected times, shoved in pockets or couch cushions. I hope you find what works for you!

  21. Emily Rice
    February 26, 2019 / 11:39 pm

    Rosie!

    What a beautiful life your are living, thank you for sharing your tips for a healthier, happier mind and spirit. I am only hoping Rose doesn’t read ANY of the diaries you have going! Hah.

    XOXO

  22. Fang
    March 7, 2019 / 11:12 am

    I’ve never wrote a diary since saw your video about reading Rose’s diary.So I started recently.I feel I’m so peace when review the day’s happenings.Like talk to myself.I think it will be fun when looking back the old pages. I’ve been watching your videos since last year. LOVE U SO MUCH!!!Thank you for bring us happy and positive energy.
    From aChinese Fan It’s quite hard to leave a message to you(As we don’t have YouTube or ins or twitter)

  23. Fang
    March 7, 2019 / 11:27 am

    I’ve never wrote a diary since saw your video about reading Rose’s diary.So I started recently.I feel I’m so peace when review the day’s happenings.Like talk to myself.I think it will be fun when looking back the old pages. I’ve been watching your videos since last year. LOVE U SO MUCH!!!Thank you for bring us happy and positive energy.
    From aChinese Fan It’s quite hard to leave a message to you(As we don’t have YouTube or ins or twitter)

  24. Issey A
    March 8, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Rosie, you are an inspiration to us all. You show us the good sides and the not so good sides of life, rather than painting us a picture of false illusion. And you share how you get through and cope with the not so good sides of life. And that’s so important. Together, we can all do this. We can all get through it. You and Rose have changed my life in ways you will never know and I am so grateful. Thank you. Please don’t ever change x

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