Self care is an important part of life, but can be hard to find the time to fit it in.
A few months ago I wrote about a few simple ways to sneak self care into your routine. This month, I will show you how you can use your bullet journal as a tool to help you with your self care.
Self care is all about being in tune to your own personal physical and emotional needs, It is about nurturing your mind, body and soul. It is something that should be done regularly, so it makes it a great thing to incorporate into your bullet journal pages.
So how can filling out pages in a book help with self care?
Here are seven different self care pages that you can make that will help keep you on track with taking care of yourself.
JOURNAL OR BRAIN DUMP PAGE
Keeping a journal is one tool that you can take care of yourself. Simply taking the time to write about how you feel is important. It will help you clear your mind, and discover the things that are bothering you, or better yet, inspiring you.
If you have the time, try to set aside a time in the morning or evening to write a few pages. Just start writing your train of thought, working to empty out everything that is on your mind.
You might be thinking that you do not have a big chunk of time to spend writing. I totally get that, and I have a solution for you.
The brain dump page.
I covered this wonderful page in my post about how bullet journals can help with depression and anxiety. The brain dump page is a good quick substitute for writing a few journal pages. You may not have the time to pour your heart out into a journal.
Instead, try pouring a cup of coffee and jotting down a few words or sentences about what is on your mind. It will help you approach the day with a clear mind.
Plus, participating in that little morning routine counts as self care!
This is another page that you can add to your journal that will help you keep a good perspective.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with all that is going wrong or bad in your life. Eventually, if that is what you focus on, nothing seems to go right!
Keep a page in your bullet journal where you write the good things that happen to you. It doesn’t matter how big or how small, just try to find ONE thing that you can be grateful for. Maybe it is a compliment that a friend gave you, or a nice text message you received. It could even be that the sun decided to shine.
Refer back to it often, and remember those good things that happened. They are good for the soul.
SELF CARE PAGE
This is an easy one. It serves as a good reminder to take time to care for you.
Make yourself a reference page in your bullet journal where you list ideas for self care activities.
Since you will always have it handy, try to refer to that page each week and pick something that you can do to show yourself a little love.
I like to doodle. I find it calming and relaxing, and it definitely counts as self care.
Make a page in your journal to doodle, or sketch. Breathe slowly while you color, and be mindful as you make your lines.
The result will be a page full of doodles that make you happy and might cheer you up on a day that you feel down.
REALITY CHECK PAGE
This page is a good way to help put the negative thoughts that run through your mind into perspective.
There are times in my day where my brain starts freaking me out and I perceive things in a way that are not true. When this happens, I use this page.
There is one column to write my fear, or the irrational thought that I am having. Then, there is another column to replace it with a more positive thought and perspective.
Using this page is similar to the gratitude page, as it helps to refocus negative thinking into something more positive.
Fill a page with positive thoughts and affirmations about yourself, or about life.
Start out slowly if you need to, but set aside a time at least once each month to light a candle, put on some good music and say these affirmations out loud. Ideally, working towards saying them at least once a week, and then every day, would be best.
YOGA POSES PAGE
One of my goals this year was to work on fitting yoga into my self care routine. I know by doing this it helps me stay relaxed, and it is another good way to clear the mind.
However, I don’t typically have a ton of time to watch an entire video or attend a yoga class. I remedied this by making my own little page illustrating a mini yoga routine for myself.
Now it is always handy in my bullet journal, and I see it often, so it reminds me to take a few minutes and stretch it out.
I hope that some of these self care pages might help you find a way to making self care a priority in your life. Remember, these are only examples. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You WILL make mistakes. If you don’t like to draw, and prefer lists, just make lists.
The main point of a bullet journal is to have a system that you can customize for yourself.
If I happened to inspire you and you would like to share, I would love to see it. Or if you have favorite self care pages that you like to use, please share them in the comments!
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