|If you haven't jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon yet... what are you waiting for?! Especially in a time when you might be spending a lot more time at home, allowing your creative juices to flow by creating unique and useful bullet journal spreads is a great way to spend your time in while being isolated from the rest of the world.
Although there are many uses for bullet journals, and each one will be as unique as the writer who owns it, the benefits of using a bullet journal on your mental health are undeniable. For example, bullet journals can boost mental health "by recording information over time in one place, it can lead to insights about users' moods, habits, mental health triggers and more".
Whether you have been bullet journaling for years, or are interested in getting started, let's explore some examples of bullet journal spreads that focus on self-care and well-being to give you a few ideas to get started!
7 Self-Care Bullet Journal Spreads
In case you are brand new to bullet journals, here is a short description:
"A bullet journal is a system designed to help us manage our lives. It can help us to track our habits and thoughts, organise to-do lists, and plan things in the future. It’s completely customisable and we can use the system in different ways, depending on what we want to get out of it."
Emphasis on the customisable part! You really can make your bullet journal into anything you want. It's a blank canvas which might feel intimidating at first so here are 7 self-care bullet journal spreads to get you started.
1. Gratitude Log
Practicing gratitude can increase your motivation and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Creating a weekly gratitude log can help you to keep track of the people or situations you felt grateful for each day. Some days are tough, and highlighting even small moments that created a sense of gratitude inside can help shine a bit of positive energy into your life.
2. Goal Setting
Writing down the goals you want to accomplish can be a great way to feel inspired and motivated every time you look at your list. Add some stickers or draw a few designs to make your points stand out from the page.
Creating a point-form list is usually the go-to when it comes to bullet journals, but you can also write a longer, more details goal description. Consider the self-care categories that can really enhance your life and start working on your goals!
Create a spread that highlights some of your most recent or most important achievements in your life. It can be much too easy to forget the obstacles that you have overcome and the work that you have put into to make things happen, so being able to showcase your accomplishments is super important!
Some examples of achievements to highlight:
What are your proud of achieving? Create your achievement spread!
4. Quotes page
Saying that I love quotes is an understatement! A great quote can lift up my mental health on even the toughest of days, so creating a whole spread dedicated to quotes is a great way of boosting your mental health. Of course you can add quotes to any bullet journal spread, but dedicating an entire spread to quotes is even better!
One of my favourite YouTubers who dedicates her videos to showcasing her bullet journal talents is Caitlin from Caitlin's Corner. Watch the video below for inspiration to see how she incorporates quotes into her self-care spread. So talented!
A few websites to search for the perfect quote for your bullet journal include GoodReads, BrainyQuote, or, my favourite, Pinterest!
5. Self-Care Tracker
This list would not be complete without mentioning a self-care tracker. There are many different areas of our lives that can benefit from self-care and having a way to track our progress or areas that we may need to spend more time implementing daily habits is important.
Some ideas of self-care habits to track include:
6. Self-Care To Do List
Similarly, creating a self-care to list can help you stay on track and give you the satisfaction of ticking things off your list as you finish each one. Each person has unique needs and therefore each self-care to do list will look different. Here are some examples of actions to take:
7. Write Yourself a Love Letter
A self-care bullet journal idea I absolutely adore (also from Caitlin's Corner journal spread ideas - see video above) is to write yourself a love letter. It is so nice to know that we have people in our lives that care about us and show us love and compassion, but it can be equally (if not more) important to show ourselves love and compassion.
Glue an envelope to your bullet journal leaving it open to add a love letter to yourself. You can also cut strips of paper and write down one thing you love about yourself to each strip and add this to the envelope.
I hope this list of self-care bullet journal spreads for you to take care of your mental health in creative and fun ways. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a creative person, you can find a way to express yourself by using a bullet journal in your every day life. Have fun!
Recommended items to start your own self-care bullet journal:
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