How to use a Bullet Journal for self-care

The Bullet Journal is a great tool for many aspects of life. Here’s how to use a Bullet Journal for self-care!

Let’s face it: we all need a break once in a while. It may be just a few minutes to breathe, or a whole week of vacation, we can all use time off from work, chores and responsibilities.

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And it’s important to take that minute for ourselves! Our bodies, our hearts and our minds need it! It’s vital to take care of our own needs, sometimes. It can be easy to get into a routine of taking care of others or trying to reach expectations, but the truth is, self-caring is the most important.

The Bullet Journal may already be a big part of day-to-day planning (it’s a big part of mine!) but it can also be a great tool for other aspects, such as self-care.

Without further ado, here’s how to use a Bullet Journal for self-care!

What is a Bullet Journal?

If you’re already an experienced Bullet Journal user, skip to the next section!

The Bullet Journal is an organizational method centered around efficient “logging” of our tasks, events and thoughts. The Bullet Journal acts as a planner, a To-Do list and a journal. The Bullet Journal method was invented by Ryder Carroll and has since exploded in popularity.

I think what makes it so popular is that it can do everything and logically bring it together.

I recommend reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll if you want to dive deeper and learn more in detail about the Bullet Journal system. OR check out my guide on How to start a Bullet Journal for beginners!

The supplies you’ll need

archer and olive notebookBefore we get started, here are some supplies you’ll need, if you don’t have them already!

Now, how can a Bullet Journal help with your self-care?

The definition of self-care

I like the definition that Google provides:

Self-care. noun. the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

You know when you’re on a plane, and the safety measures video is played, and they tell you to always put on your oxygen mask first, before helping someone else? That’s because you won’t be able to help anybody if you’re passed out.

It’s the same thing for self-care: you can’t take care of anybody if you haven’t taken care of yourself first.

Bullet Journal & self-care

So, how can the Bullet Journal help with your self-care? How can it be a tool for you to take a moment and actively do something for yourself?

First, Bullet Journaling by itself can be a form of self-care. Taking the time to focus and create your spreads to plan your day or week, can be beneficial for your mind. Putting something down on paper means less mental overwhelm. It “calms” your brain.

Also, you can use your Bullet Journal to remind yourself to take some time off. You can schedule in your self-care time or “me time”. You can plan it to make sure you don’t forget it!

Finally, you can create spreads to inspire your self-care moments.

Here are a few ideas of self-care spreads for your Bullet Journal:

  • Self-care ideas/activities: A self-care list, which includes a list of things you enjoy doing for yourself, is a great way to remind yourself to take a breather. Come up with a few different things and when you need a break, pick an item from the list! Make sure to only include things you truly enjoy and that enhances your well-being or happiness.
  • Affirmations: A spread to write down positive affirmations is great for the soul. Reminding ourselves of our worth with words of encouragements or motivational affirmations is an example of self-care that doesn’t require a lot of time or energy. Yet, it can be truly beneficial.
bullet journal affirmations
A spread I made for February! 28 days, 28 affirmations.
  • Motivational/positive quotes: A bit like the affirmations spread, writing down motivational quotes is a great idea for self-care. If these quotes speak to you, and they inspire you, writing them down for future reference is really valuable.
  • What makes me happy/grateful/Gratitude log: A Gratitude log is also great for the soul: it allows you to reflect on things you are grateful for. Being aware that you have things, people to be grateful for is significant to our well-being.

bullet journal gratitude log

 

  • Healthy Habits: A healthy routine may also be a part of your self-care. It’s no secret that a healthy body is key to a healthy mind, and exercise is linked to higher levels of endorphins or happiness. Working out 15 minutes to 30 minutes a day might just be what you need to give yourself that boost of positivity! Include your healthy habits in a Habit Tracker in your Bullet Journal, or plan your workouts! You could also track your mood in a Mood Tracker.

There you have it; these were a few ideas of self-care spreads for your Bullet Journal!


That was how to use a Bullet Journal for self-care!

If you’re an experienced Bullet Journal user, let me know in the comments below how you use your Bullet Journal for self-care!

Have you taken a moment for yourself recently? Don’t forget to take care of yourself!

Until next time!

Melanie

Here's how to use a Bullet Journal for self-care! Self-care is more important than ever and here's your best planning tool can help you with your self-care! Check out this post for self-care spread ideas for your Bullet Journal. Bullet Journal collections, Bullet Journal inspiration, spread ideas for self-care.
Here's how to use a Bullet Journal for self-care! Self-care is more important than ever and here's your best planning tool can help you with your self-care! Check out this post for self-care spread ideas for your Bullet Journal. Bullet Journal collections, Bullet Journal inspiration, spread ideas for self-care.

 

Comments

  1. April says:

    I love bullet journals. A self care bullet journal is a great idea! I wish I was a little more creative and artistic to make it pretty, but I can still make a neat one. 🙂

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