It’s easy to get stressed these days. Most of us juggle busy schedules and long to-do lists. Our brains are overloaded with information. And even though social media claims to make life easier, for many people it just adds to the feeling of overwhelm and the sense that there’s always more to do.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. This is something most of us want to do, but how do we actually incorporate self care into our daily routine?
Here are some practical tips (and a cheat sheet!) to help make time for yourself and incorporate self care using your bullet journal.
What is self care?
Self care is the intentional approach of, you guessed it, taking care of yourself. It’s defined in Wikipedia as “any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated.”
Self care includes three major pieces that all directly connect to your overall health and wellness: mind, body, and soul. There are many benefits to good self care, such as improving your overall happiness, reducing stress, and even preventing illness and disease.
What is self care NOT?
Some people think taking care of yourself first is a selfish thing. If you’re a people pleaser, a mom, or someone who takes care of others for a living, you might feel guilty about caring for your own needs or doing things that bring you joy.
But when you don’t take care of yourself emotionally, physically, and mentally, you don’t have much to give to others. When you make time for things you enjoy doing and that lift your spirits, your overall mood and energy will improve. Self care helps you have more love and patience to give to others in your life!
Self care also isn’t just a one and done type of thing—it’s something that you should be doing continually and working it into your daily routine. This makes it a great thing to include in your bullet journal!
Before we jump into how I’ve incorporated self care into my bullet journal pages, here are a few of our favorite reads or resources for creating a self-care routine:
This infographic from Positive Health Wellness offers 7 easy ways to incorporate self care.
4 Bullet Journal Self Care Ideas
Here are a few ideas for weaving self care activities throughout your BuJo!
1. Create a self-care cheat sheet
When you’re not feeling motivated, it’s hard to know what to do to get yourself out of that head space. I created a cheat sheet for myself (similar to my Miracle Morning cheat sheet) to make it easy to include self care into my normal routine.
Having 60 of my favorite self care items all on one page is not only a great reminder to incorporate these things into my daily routine, but it’s also a helpful motivator when I’m feeling stuck.
TIP: Take 10-20 minutes right now to brainstorm your favorite self care activities. Don’t stop until you have at least 50 items on your list! (You can even use mine if you get stuck, but I encourage you to think about the things that bring you life.)
2. Track your self care
Your BuJo is a great place for a self care tracker. You can use it to keep track of your physical health habits, mood, or daily self-care activities (check out an example here). Tracking your daily and weekly habits is an essential part of working toward long-term goals. Remember that change happens one day at a time. You’ll have good days and bad days, so don’t get discouraged about days that aren’t “perfect.”
3. Keep a compliment log
Have you ever fallen into the comparison trap on social media, feeling like everyone else is doing a great job and you’re failing to keep up? We all have negative chatter inside our heads from time to time, and it’s so important to refocus when we start to believe what those voices are saying. A compliment log is a simple but powerful way to remind yourself of all your incredible skills and positive traits! I also love to include inspiring quotes here. In my compliment log, I simply write the date I received a compliment, the actual compliment and the initials of who said it.
4. Keep a gratitude spread
Keeping track of things you’re grateful for helps you to be more mindful and intentional. You may find that the more you track your gratitude, the more you notice even the little things you’re thankful for. I know that while I’m grateful for many things, it’s not usually top of mind for me. Including a gratitude spread really helps me reflect and acknowledge them all, and most importantly, take the time to appreciate them.
Looking for ways to beat stress as part of your self-care? Check out this bullet journal for stress post.
How do you fit self care into your normal routine? And do you include it in your bullet journal?