Bullet Journaling for Wellness: Celebrating Imperfection (Part One)

You’ve probably heard of the popular trend of using bullet journals to replace agendas. A bullet journal is essentially an agenda-journal hybrid. They’re often advertised to be for people who need more wiggle room with their agendas or need a place to foster their creative spirit.

Regardless of what your personality type is, bullet journals are an amazing tool that can be used to organize your life and track your mental health through identifying triggers, and becoming more self-aware, and practicing self-care.

On the other hand, bullet journals, like any organization tool can quickly crash and burn if not used properly. You can choose spreads which spreads are most beneficial to your personal goals.

Before you read any further, keep in mind that a bullet journal should not be another stressful thing to take care of. The last thing you need as an extremely busy student is another “chore”. When you’re feeling anxious, you don’t want add another thing to make you more anxious or makes you feel like you’ve “failed” at something. The moment your bullet journal becomes a chore, something is wrong! It should promote mental wellness – it should not be an obstruction in your path. We are all familiar with that agenda that we thought we were going to use and completely forgot about it after a few days. That’s where the bullet journal comes in...

So, what exactly is a bullet journal?

A bullet journal is a journal that has an organized pattern of dots all over it instead of lines. It also includes numbered pages and an index page at the front so that you can decide what each page or set of pages will be about.

There are a range of popular “spreads” for different tasks. A spread is basically any design that your bullet journal page takes to organize ideas. Your spread can be a tracking device for what is important to you. A lot of people opt for specific “trackers” including: expense trackers, food trackers, and habit trackers - anything you need to track, there’s a spread for. On the other hand, you can always include a “brain-dump” spread for all your random thoughts.

Typically, a bullet journal includes yearly spread, a monthly spread, and a weekly spread. Each month also includes a cover page that can be as creative as your like. Some people choose to make elaborate drawings or use colours that bring them peace at the start of every month. That way it becomes a form of meditation and self-care, if that’s something that you choose to do. This can also bring some #aesthetic to your Instagram page - if you’re into that.

Beyond that, the bullet journal can be as creative or as simple as you’d like! Check out some other spreads at:

Bullet journaling for mental wellness

All of us at some point in our lives have probably heard that journaling a useful and positive mental health practice. I think that scheduling is also useful regardless of how we feel on one particular day. Bullet journalling combines these two practices in a satisfying, productive way - if it’s done right. As students, we generally have a ton of different commitments including multiple classes, to extra-curricular, social activities, chores, and maybe even a part time job! So, we tend to give up on the traditional agenda format quickly after we begin, because there is no way that a traditional agenda can hold all of the things that we need to worry about at once.

So, what can you do to make sure that your bullet journal is successful so that it brings you peace and brings you all of the benefits without the drawbacks?

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