Welcome to Week 4: Emotional Care of the Bullet Journal Challenge series! In case you missed it, the #BulletJournalChallenge announced on www.bulletjournal.com is the perfect way to find inspiration for all the ways you can use a bujo for self-care. The details of the challenge are here. My post about Week 3, psychological care, can be found here.
This week’s topic is psychological care, which includes:
- Things that bring you joy
- How you reset
- Tracking experiences and how you feel
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Below are four ways you can use your bujo for taking care of your emotional care needs.
There are a few different ways you could incorporate mood trackers in your bujo. You could choose to record your mood in a tracker on your daily pages, weekly spreads, monthly pages, or make a separate page for tracking your mood for the entire year. I was inspired to use the My Year in Pixels idea that can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. Every day, I color each square the corresponding shade for each mood and as the year goes on, it’ll be fun to see all the different colors. So far, it has been a colorful start to my year!
Other Habit Trackers
One of my habits this week in my tracker simply says, “breathe” to remind me to pause at least once a day and spend a few minutes each day only focusing on my breathing. This sounds easy enough, but it’s shockingly an easy thing to forget when you’re busy and taking care of two small children as I am. I find that after I do this mini-meditation I’m much calmer and relaxed.
If you find yourself frequently stressed and think that you don’t even have a few minutes to just breathe, then it’s even more important that you take the time to do it. You’ll thank yourself later. If the idea of keeping track of habits sounds too consuming to you, please read about how I keep my habit tracking stress-free here.
I’m a big fan of list making. I think it’s a fun, simple way to journal and you can include so much information without it taking a lot of time. Lists you could make for your emotional self-care include:
- Things that bring you joy, even if it’s as simple as a going on a walk.
- How to reset your day when your feeling stressed or going badly for you. You could give yourself quick fixes like a playlist that always cheers you up or write down books to read when you’re feeling low.
- Favorite memories of the month.
- Funny quotes you overhead while out and about.
Document Your Days
Here are a few ways you could add documentation to your bujo:
- Leave space in your daily or weekly pages to leave journal entries. If you’re worried that journaling every day sounds like a huge time commitment, write only a single line about your day each day.
- Write a Week in Review either on your weekly pages or directly after the weekly pages. Jot down the highs and lows of the week, along with your favorite memories and events you attended.
- Make pages entirely devoted to journaling. Index your entries by topic so that later you can quickly find pages about certain topics. You can revisit how you felt about certain days or events if you take the time to do this.
- Take pictures with either a Polaroid Snap or print the ones from your phone and place them in your bujo with a dated note about the picture.
Here are my favorite tools for documenting pictures to include in my bujo and scrapbook. If you purchase anything from my links, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra fee for you. To read my full disclosure statement, click here.
The Bullet Journal Challenge Series
If you’re interested in participating in the challenge, I’ve listed each week’s topic here:
- Week 1: Personal Care
- Week 2: Physical Care
- Week 3: Psychological Care
- Week 4: Emotional Care
- Week 5: Environmental Care
- Week 6: Social Care
- Week 7: Professional Care
- Week 8: Reflection
If you’re on Instagram, make sure you follow the hashtag #BulletJournalChallenge for inspiration! Also, if you’re reading this long after the challenge is over, I encourage you to do the challenge anyway. Self-care is so important to your overall well-being, and it’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself.