These days we’re getting a lot better at talking about our mental health and looking for ways we can improve our state of mind. For me bullet journaling has been a huge part of helping me to deal with my depression and was the thing that made me realise that there was something actually wrong and that I needed to get proper help. So in this post I’m going to show you how to use a Bullet Journal for mental health.
Writing about your feelings can be extremely therapeutic. Many people keep a daily diary but for a lot of us that’s not realistic. Consider that you don’t have to stick to writing everyday. Just pick up your journal when you need it most. Take the pressure off yourself to write pages and pages and just use it as a way to vent. Often when somethings down on paper it feels like a weights been lifted. When I get super angry and frustrated about something grabbing my journal and venting about it to the pages is definitely the best way to get it out of my system.
One way many bullet journalists incorporate wellbeing into their journals is with a gratitude log. The way it works is that you use a page for a month and create a log then every day note down 1 or 2 things that you’re thankful for. It might seem silly and cheesy but you’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make. It doesn’t have to be anything amazing it can be as simple as ‘had a nice cup of coffee’ but it can help you to start appreciating the little joys of daily life. Check out my blog post here for examples of gratitude logs.
Similar to a gratitude log the mood tracker is a way to reflect, but this time on how you feel. The way it works is that you asign certain moods to different colours and it can be as simple as colouring in a square a day which denotes how you felt that day. Lots of people start out with mood trackers by creating a ‘year in pixels’ which is what I did to start with. I don’t tend to use a mood tracker every month but when I’m having a bad time I like to spend time creating something beautiful just like this mood mandala below. Have a read of this post which explains more about why you should consider adding a mood tracker into your bullet journal.
Drawing or Doodling
A lot of people find doodling very therapeutic. You don’t have to be a Picasso by any means the point is to create something to calm yourself. You might like drawing lots and lots of tiny cactii. So go for it. If the process of putting pen to paper soothes you then go forth and doodle! I remember one day just feeling very low but I sat down and for some reason just drew an umbrella and lots of little raindrops in a corner of my journal. If you struggle with your artistic skills have a look at my Pinterest board full of doodle tutorials.
To Get Organised
The final way to use a bullet journal for your mental health is basically a side product of bullet journaling. By helping you to organise your life your bullet journal can help you to feel more in control of everything happening around you. If you want to get started with bullet journaling then take a look at this Basics of Bullet Journaling post.