There are so many ways and ideas on how to bullet journal. What I have found is that bullet journalling isn’t one size fits all. It’s really personal and you make it whatever you want it to be. Personally, I have found bullet journalling super useful for a better mental health.
I’ve been bullet journalling for a few years now and over the past year, I have been using it to help with my mental health. Initially, I started with notebooks and fancy pens but now I prefer using my iPad to bullet journal. And I feel that I have finally found a medium that really suits me. I use an app, on my iPad, from the Apple store called ‘Paper’ by WeTransfer. It is essentially an online notebook and I use it for practically everything from writing notes, keeping track of finances, and bullet journaling.
With Paper you can either create your own notebooks or they sell their own custom notebooks on their Paper store for £1.99. The one I use, which is featured in these pictures on this post, is called ‘My Planner’ by Ray of Light and this is how I use it as a bullet journal to help my mental health.
How to use bullet journalling for a better mental health
Track your mood
‘My Planner ‘comes with its own mood tracker which is perfect for tracking your mental health. I’ve tracked my mood previously with various different ways; marks out of 10, listing moods or even drawing smiley faces but I find colour coding just easier.
I’ve been using this religiously since November and I have a colour coding system which relates to certain feelings. It really helps to remind me that mental health isn’t black and white, and that it’s an array of colours. It also helps identify things or people that trigger lower moods on bad days and vice versa with good days.
Manage your goals
In my post, ‘How I achieved all my goals in 2019‘ I mentioned using Paper to track my goals. For my mental health it really helps having things to look forward to and reasons to keep going on any bad days. The goal tracker helps with that and I use it to set out both long and short term goals.
Tick off your reading list
I mentioned in my post about Non-fiction books that I would recommend to everyone that reading is super helpful for my mental health. This planner has a section where you can compile a list of books to read. I use mine as list of books I want to read in the future and track the ones I have already read this year.
Complete to do lists
I’m nothing without a to do list. They help me get through every day and remind me of all the things I need to get done. And on bad mental health days they remind that I have accomplished something, even if it is something small. A massive part of bullet journalling for me is to do lists.
Track your good mental health habits
I monitor habits that I know are good for my mental health. Habits like yoga, no social media days, playing piano, meditating, reading, not eating junk food etc. and shade in days when I have completed one of those habits. I try at least to do one if not more a day as I find they help with my mental health.