GOOD MOOD TOOL: Mind Mapping

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all your thoughts? The thoughts exist, however, they are unorganized to the point where they might cause some anxiety or confusion. Just like we follow a road map to get from point A to B, we can also use a mind map to organize and connect our thoughts. defines this practice as

…an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall.

A mind map is a diagram for representing tasks, words, concepts, or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject using a non-linear graphical layout that allows the user to build an intuitive framework around a central concept. A mind map can turn a long list of monotonous information into a colorful, memorable and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain’s natural way of doing things.

Below is a template to download and print. Exercise your organizational skills by starting with some main headings that represent the subject, which is “healthy feels like“. Then, start to branch out from each heading, collecting information and thoughts that are associated with each. You will begin to compartmentalize and feel some clarity around your thoughts. As the days go on, the words will begin to flow as your thoughts and feelings do.

Try creating a mind map with different topics that represent your life. Common ones are

  • health
  • monthly goals
  • time management

The mind map can be hand drawn, created digitally, painted, or by whatever means gets your creative juices flowing.

Your mind map is your creation and thought process. Before you begin, get clear on the subject and think about what you are trying to achieve by creating one. Think, “how will this map benefit me?” Stay honest, stay open, never make your mapping experience feel like work.


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