My journal is so much to me. It is my friend and a confidant, an outlet for my anger and frustration and a place to record my happiness and triumphs. Recently I have made some upgrade from my standard Dear Diary format, and so far it has had an incredible effect on my life
The Bullet journal Back Story
Bullet Journaling first popped up in 2013, it is the brainchild of a brilliant man, who was convinced to share his notebook with the world. Without knowing the effect that it would have, he launched his website www.bulletjournal.com outlining the purpose and method to starting your very own Bullet Journal. The world has since caught onto the brilliance of this little planner and ran with it, making it their own, adding creative flare and layouts for literally everything. They have taken to the Internet, created blogs and websites, printables and accessories and they have shared their notebooks with the world, offering an abundance of inspiration
Get Started by Setting Your Goals
The first step when using your bullet journal to better your health is to figure out what your goals are. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. When you start your journal, use one of the first pages to write down everything you hope to accomplish, and from there you can start breaking it down. What will you do in a year, a month, a week or a day? This will give you a good idea of what other layouts might be useful to you.
How Can My Bullet Journal Make Me Healthier?
Bujo’s are endless in their possibilities. From their humble start as a planner, they have become a place to track habits, set goals, create helpful lists and let out your creative side. The main idea behind it though is to keep you focused and organized. That alone helps me tremendously, as I have issues with anxiety. It helps you feel more in control of your life when you know you have it all written down in one place. I don’t actually leave my house without my notebook anymore. It has my everything in it. It’s my life line to the calmer more level headed me, that was smart enough to write all the important stuff down.
My Top 5 Layouts for Better Health
There are so many different layouts that you can use, and they can all be designed to your exact specifications (the true beauty of the blank page).
The Tracker page.
One of my favourite uses for my Bujo is tracking the different aspects of my life and being able to see what I have done and where I need to make changes or improvements. You can track your:
Mental health (anxiety or depression symptoms)
Nutrition & water
Disease symptoms (I really hope you don’t need this one but it helps to gain a better understanding of your illness)
Tracking will help you gain a better understanding of your health and body, and it can help you form better habits. You can learn more about what your barriers are, and what might be causing undesirable effects on your health. You might realize that you get more headaches on the days that you don’t drink enough water or maybe that your cramps are worst depending on the food that you’re eating. Tracking your physical activity is a good way to meet your goals and to see the effects that your efforts are having.
Creating routine in your life is a great way to stay healthy and stick to your goals, but starting one out of thin air is difficult without a few gentle reminders. Routine pages for day and night are great ways to start building better habits. A nightly routine that prepares you for the next day will help you wake up less stressed and accomplish more in your day. A morning routine that is filled with acts of self-care and relaxation will help give your day the best start possible. When you’re starting a new routine remember, nothing is set in stone. If you try it for a week and you find that certain things are not working for you, create a new routine page, modified to your liking.
Record your day
This was the original use of my journals and the act of recording my day has always had a therapeutic effect. Whether the day has been good or bad I feel like I always have some one to tell it to, even if it’s just future me. Writing also helps me work through any issues that I might be having. This is another great tool for helping with anxiety. It puts life in perspective and it calms the soul.
Self-care is essential to good health. Stress effects the body and mind in so many ways, and can literally make us physically ill. Self-care is not complicated; it is the act of simply taking care of your self. Your bullet journal can come in handy in so many ways. It can remind you to slow down, to take a step back and do something for yourself sometime. Some popular layouts that I have seen include lists of ways to take care of you, compliment logs, & self care schedules. Often just using my journal, writing out my feelings, is self-care enough for me.
It’s so important to remember to take time to be grateful. What does this have to do with our health you might ask? It’s a little farfetched but I truly believe it to be key. It reminds us of what we have, and that to keep it we have to work hard. Be grateful that you can go to the gym, hike up hills, & eat healthy, fresh food. Honor the fact that you can take time for yourself. Be thankful that you have a support system around you, a healthy environment and a generally beautiful life. Never forget the things that you have to be grateful for and never take it for granted.
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