Bullet journaling has been a wonderful way for me to express myself, and I’ve discovered some powerful ways to use my bullet journal for stress management. Considering recent events in the news, I thought it would be helpful to share how I’ve used my bullet journal to motivate myself and keep my spirits up when times are tough and I feel stress creeping in.
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Bullet journaling is more than just rapidly planning your day and having a lot of collections; it’s been a way to express myself and write down things that weigh heavily on my mind.
If you feel like you are under some stress or you need some motivation, here are three simple ways to get your bujo to be your main cheerleader.
1. Add motivational quotes to your layouts
Motivational quotes can be standalone pages or you can add them to your weekly/daily spreads. If you don’t know how to do any hand lettering, then you can always use motivational stickers or just let the power of the words speak for themselves.When I don’t have time to do my lettering, I just use the stickers from Me & My Big Ideas and it works out well! You can get the motivation you need and not have to worry about artistic skills.Whenever I feel like I need a reminder or some encouragement, then I can go back to those pages and read my quotes. It really does help a lot when life seems to be not going well.
2. Add a reference page
I keep several pages for reference. If I read something from a website or a book that I want to review later, then I just make a layout for it.
Some examples of reference pages I have in my bullet journal are ways to deal with stress and self-care tips. It’s a lot easier to go to my journal and look up how to deal with stress when it’s late at night and I can’t sleep rather than searching for an article to read online.
3. Keep a gratitude section
Having a gratitude section helps with your motivation and keeping your spirits up because it reminds you of how thankful you should be for what you have and that there are others in the world who go without. It reminds me that I need to practice mindfulness, and in return, I have noticed how blessed I am.
There are several ways you can have a gratitude section in your bujo, but I like to keep it simple and just label the page and have my numbers go down the page to correspond with the days of the week. I’ve been bullet journaling for a year, and it has helped me so much with not just planning my day but managing my stress and keeping me productive. Here is a post all about bullet journal gratitude logs if you need more information or inspiration.
What are some ways you use your bullet journal for stress management and to help motivate you?