How To Create A Mind Map & Why You Need To

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Mind mapping is a powerful tool that can help individuals and teams to organize, visualize, and analyze complex information. This technique involves creating a visual representation of ideas, concepts, and data, which can be used to explore, understand, and communicate information more effectively. Mind mapping can be applied in various fields, such as business, education, personal development, and creativity. Wondering how to create a mind map? Don’t worry! In this article, we will explore the basics of mind mapping, its benefits, different mind mapping techniques, and how to create mind maps effectively. We will also examine some examples of how mind mapping can be used in various contexts, from project management to studying, to team collaboration. By the end of this article, you will better understand mind mapping and how it can be a valuable tool in your personal and professional life. In addition, you’ll understand the many benefits of mind mapping, several mind mapping techniques, and how to use mind mapping for personal development and growth.

Mind Mapping for Personal Development

Mind mapping is a powerful tool for personal development that can help individuals clarify their thoughts, identify goals, and create actionable plans. Here are some ways that mind mapping can enhance personal development:

  • Visualization: Mind maps provide a visual representation of thoughts and ideas, making it easier to understand and remember them. This can help individuals clarify their thoughts and identify patterns and connections they may have otherwise overlooked.
  • Goal Setting: Mind maps can help individuals identify and prioritize their goals. Individuals can create a visual representation of their goals to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks and develop action plans to achieve them.
  • Creativity: Mind mapping encourages creative thinking by allowing individuals to explore and connect different ideas and concepts. This can help individuals generate new ideas and solutions, leading to personal growth and development.
  • Self-reflection: Mind mapping can help individuals reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. By mapping out their emotions and experiences, individuals can gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for personal growth.
  • Organization: Mind mapping can help individuals organize their thoughts, ideas, and tasks. Individuals can prioritize and manage their time effectively by creating a visual representation of their thoughts and tasks, leading to greater productivity and achievement.

With the last two months being so unreal, juggling my mental health and life, I’ve been turning to mind mapping as a coping tool.

When covid-19 started spreading quickly, I really thought there was no way that could happen in Canada. I thought we were immune to these tragedies. Boy has this been eye-opening. Canada, of course, is not immune. We’ve been hit hard and locked down too.

At the beginning in March, I actually enjoyed my family being home. I wasn’t needing to find a coping tool. Mind mapping hadn’t entered my life yet. I don’t mean that I was happy about the state of the world, but I was happy to have so much time with my kids and fiance.

We built tents, played Nerf guns, and played massive hide-and-seek games. We colored 80 million pictures and watched Disney plus and Netflix. A month later, though, I was feeling exhausted. I had run out of games and did not want to color another picture.

There is still snow everywhere, and while some may be melting, we go through this awkward time where it might look nice, but it’s icy EVERYWHERE. Needless to say, it’s been hard. I’m sure many can relate, but my mental health has done nothing but deteriorate. My regular coping skills weren’t helping me enough. And that’s when I started learning about effective mind mapping techniques.

Mind mapping for personal development

Mind Mapping Techniques

There are several different mind mapping techniques that individuals can use to create visual representations of their thoughts, ideas, and goals. Here are some of the most common mind mapping techniques:

  • Traditional Mind Maps: Traditional mind maps are the most common type of mind map. They typically start with a central idea or concept, which is then connected to related ideas through branches or spokes. Each branch represents a different idea or concept, and sub-branches can be added to explore each idea further.

  • Spider Maps: Spider maps are similar to traditional mind maps, but instead of starting with a central idea, they start with a specific topic or question. Each branch represents a different answer or idea related to the topic or question.

  • Concept Maps: Concept maps resemble mind maps but typically include more complex relationships between ideas. Rather than using branches or spokes, concept maps use lines and arrows to show the relationships between different ideas or concepts.

  • Flowcharts: Flowcharts are a type of mind map that is used to represent a process or sequence of events. They typically start with a specific action or decision point and include a series of steps or actions that lead to a specific outcome.

  • Tree Maps: Tree maps are a hierarchical type of mind map that is used to organize ideas or concepts into categories. Each branch represents a different category, and sub-branches can be added to explore each category further.

  • Mind Mapping Apps: Several mind mapping apps are available that allow individuals to create. These apps typically offer a range of templates and customization options, making it easy for individuals to create and modify their mind maps as needed.

When I have a lot of things in my mind (which is basically all the time), it’s very difficult to make sense of anything. I started to hone in on a mind mapping technique.

Mind mapping techniques


Mind mapping has helped me gain control over my mental health. I use the middle for the main issue, and then I branch off of it with what could be the reasons or contributing factors. Doing this has helped me so much! It helps me be able to identify how I’m feeling and give it a name, and then I can sort of “organize” my thoughts.

Have you ever used a coping technique, mind mapping? Have you found it helpful?

Love Always, natasha


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  1. Abi

    I’ve heard of mind mapping but I’ve never seen it illustrated and it makes so much sense now and such a handy coping mechanism. Fab post

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  2. Veronica

    Mind mapping is a great hack to organise your inner thoughts and reach the source. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Graham Crosby

    I think many of us thought ‘not here’ re Covid which has made it all the more tough to deal with.
    I love the idea of mind maps. I’m similar but with much more useless and seemingly endless bullet point lists!

  4. Prettysam

    Never knew about mind mapping!! Great post ? we have a covid patient near our house and I am just sick of staying at home. I’ll definitely try it.

    1. admin

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope you’re able to get out soon! Sending love ?

  5. Ashley

    It’s been a long time since I used a mind map to organize myself. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Graham Crosby

    A really interesting read. I think lots of us thought ‘not here’ re Covid so dealing with the reality has been tough.
    I love the mind map idea. I do similar, but with probably less useful and seemingly endless bullet point lists!

  7. Rhiannon

    Interesting, this is one I have never used but I will definitely try it out!!! Thanks for the tip!! xx

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  8. Clarissa Cabbage

    Thanks for this. I really like mind mapping. I haven’t used it for this purpose exactly (maybe I will) but pretty much any time my mind feels overwhelmed with thoughts this is a tool I like to use. It works better for me than more linear styles. Thanks!

  9. abigail

    This is a really useful tool that I hadn’t heard of before! Thank you for sharing it.

  10. Courtney

    This is such a great idea for identifying what is causing anxiety! I’m going to be adding some pages in my journal just for this. Thank you1

  11. lifestyleseason

    Great post! I definitely want to try out this idea because it seems very helpful!

  12. Nyxie

    I love mindmaps. I use them for blogging and I’ve used them throughout university and even in my previous job. They’re just so handy! I’ve even used them to map out my thoughts and stressors. They really help break things down.

  13. Sue Berk Koch

    I’ve never tried mapping out what is causing me stress. Interesting that putting it out there helped alleviate it for you! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Maybe I’ll need to give this a go.

  14. Harumi

    I like the idea of mapping out my stress. I’ve done this to a certain extent through journaling. But one thing I haven’t really done is write down what I can do to solve the issue and then follow through with that. Thanks for the idea!!

  15. Glen Parmenter

    Such a great way to manage stresses. I really never thought about doing this. Great strategy. I gotta try it.

  16. Hannah

    Loved this! Definitely going to use this when I get stressed or feel all over the place!

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  17. Zoriana

    I’ve never heard of mind mapping before but it sounds like a great way to keep on track of what’s affecting my mental health. I’m definitely going to try this. Sometimes writing and drawing things out really helps!

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  18. Olivia

    This is a great approach, thanks for sharing. Definitely something I need to start doing and using more to chill out. Definitely will share it with family and friends.

    xoxo Olivia |

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  19. Vinn

    This is like… just stop for awhile and take time to assess what’s going on. I haven’t done this but this is a good technique when you’re handling stress. Nice article!

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  20. Javier S.

    Good post. Im good and dont need this list. Im always calm and collected. I will share this with someone who does.

  21. Sandra Ans

    Thank you for this idea! I love mind maps and they can be used in many different ways. It’s also a great opportunity for how to analyze things that you have been struggling with.

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  22. Deepti Gupta

    That’s a great way to understand our mental health. will try this, often solutions are with us only and we are looking outside.

    Deepti (

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  23. Alyssa

    I haven’t thought of doing it for myself. I usually do it for projects or work, but I never thought of applying it to my life. I can see how it would work though and help me zero-in on triggers or identify what’s causing me to be extra tired or stressed.

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  24. Travelogged blogs

    I had never heard about mind mapping before. This seems like a good way to find out what exactly is causing you anxiety or stress. Thank you for sharing!

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  25. Anita Doseck

    This is a great idea! I will have the try this. I have done something similar but with mapping out my negative thoughts with where I think they come from and replacing them with positive perspectives.

    1. admin

      That’s wonderful! Good for you!!

  26. Jaya Avendel

    I love mind maps for writing, but I love the idea of using it during the day to help identify my needs! It has been an unforgettable time, and it still is an unforgettable time, but we will get through it. 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

  27. Aimsy

    I remember learning about mind-mapping during uni. I haven’t used it myself, but I know that it can be really helpful in a lot of situations. Sounds great to apply it to your mental health!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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  28. Britt K

    This whole situation has been wild. Like you, I assumed that we were going to be relatively safe here in Canada. It’s usually pretty warm in April, so we were prepared for A LOT of outdoor time as March slowly came to an end. Unfortunately, this was not only the year that COVID-19 kept us all home, but it’s also the year that winter decided to stick around until mid-May in Southern Ontario. Temperatures are now rising, but it’s been a long few months thus far!

    1. admin

      Yes it has been! I’m glad the temperatures are rising finally! Sending love and positivity your way.

  29. Under flowery sky

    Thanks for inspiration. I’m not doing Mind map, but I’m writing
    down my schedules and ideas..

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  30. Giulia

    This is a good way to identify what is creating anxiety and stress. Also an easy way to think of some solutions to those problems or stressors. I think some people do this mentally but the visual is a good way for those of us with anxiety to focus and set it down and process it all. Thanks for sharing.

  31. LifeInPostcards

    This is a great idea! I will have to try it out!

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  32. Lisa Marie Alioto

    I absolutely do this – it’s like a puzzle that I like to figure out when something is going on with me. To trace it back to it’s source and then reorganize it so it makes sense and I can make it work for me

  33. Lindsey

    I’ve never thought to create a mind map like this to write down my stresses. This quarantine has definitely taking a toll on my anxiety.

    1. admin

      Yes that’s totally relatable! It’s very tough times! Sending love your way!

  34. Inna

    Woah. This is nice! I love it 😀 A lot of people wrote this same information in words and the fact that you did in the map way is awesome!

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  35. Rayo

    I have not used a coping mechanism like this, sound interesting. I just get a journal and write everything I feel no matter how silly it is. But this is another great way to organize your thoughts

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  36. Kelly Diane

    This is such a great post. I’ve never thought of doing mind mapping for my mental health before. I was reading this post and it just clicked for me so I’m going to give it a go.

    1. admin

      Awesome! I’m glad you’ve found it helpful!

  37. Mrs. P&P

    It’s been a crazy, tough time for lots of us! This is a great idea for managing some of that stress. Just knowing why you feel the way you do seems like it would make a big difference. Thanks for this.

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  38. Bettie

    I haven’t tried this before but it sounds exactly what I need right now. I am feeling a little bit stressed and I am not sure why. Maybe this can help me to figure it out.

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      I hope it does! Thanks for reading and commenting ?

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