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As women, we tend to put the needs of others above our own. We are nurturers and often neglect ourselves to make sure our family is taken care of. Daily self care might consist of brushing out teeth and taking a multivitamin!
What is Self Care?
Self care is not something that we do because we have to. It’s doing things that fill you up and make you feel centered and complete.
It’s any activity that we do by choice that contributes to our physical, mental and emotional health.
There is a reason why airlines instruct passengers with small children to, in emergency situations, take the first breaths from the oxygen masks before giving it to children. It’s because you need to be whole to take care of those who need you. Self care has been shown to reduce anxiety, and improve your mood as well as fostering better relationships.
It’s a simple and easy to understand concept, but may women disregard it in an effort to put their loved ones first.
Self care is not selfish or self-centered. It is about considering your needs and making yourself whole so that you can give to others in your life.
Daily self care is about doing what you need to live a centered and whole life.
Using a bullet journal to practice self care is a great way to focus on bettering your life, improving your outlook and increase your success at all the ways in which you define success.
Note: Bullet Journal® (also know as BuJo®) is a trademarked name owned by Lightcage, LLC. Although the name and system is used widely, it’s important to acknowledge that it is, in fact, an intellectual property protected by federal and international law. As a writer, the rights of the designer of the system, Ryder Carroll, are as important to me as are my own. For more on the Bullet Journal® system, check out Bullet Journal.
Write Honestly About What You Feel
So how does a bullet journal help you practice self care?
First of all, journaling about your feelings is one of the ways you can practice self care. A healthy mind is built on self awareness and that begins with honestly looking at your feelings about all aspects of your life.
What better place to do that than your bullet journal?
By journaling about your private thoughts in the same place you organize your life, you are more likely to take action to improve your life since your reflections are one step from creating goals for yourself. So don’t hold back in expressing yourself because it’s the first step to creating balance for yourself.
Empty Your Mind
Do you sometimes go to bed with your mind so active that sleep is nearly an impossibility?
Are you so overwhelmed with ideas or emotions that you feel like you’re on a rollercoaster?
Use your bullet journal to essentially “brain dump” all of those thoughts to get them out of your mind. Don’t worry about punctuation or good handwriting. Just get them out! With them safely in your journal, your mind is clear to rest or focus on the most important thing of the moment. Your thoughts will be there when you’re ready to go back and examine them with a more detached viewpoint.
Be Mindful To Focus Your Intentions
Mindful journaling about paying attention, which sounds silly. Aren’t we always paying attention?
Well, no. We all tend to go through much of our days on autopilot.
How much awareness is needed to get ready for work in the morning, or to process many of the tasks in our days?
Being mindful when we are talking about self care means really taking the time to understand your needs and taking action to fulfill them.
Another benefit to being mindful is that you open yourself up to being able to appreciate small things that might slip by you otherwise.
Stop and smell the roses, you might hear people say. But when you are too busy to even see the roses on your way from one place to another, there isn’t much chance of smelling them.
Be mindful in your day and open your eyes to small things that can bring you pleasure. Try to think of yourself as a camera and take a few minutes every day to look around and find something that would make a pleasing picture. When you do, be grateful for its beauty and journal about it.
Practice 5-Minute Journaling At The End Of The Day
This type of journaling is different than mindful journaling or a brain dump.
The days are long, and they are filled with moments that cause you stress.
Take five minutes at the end of your day to simply write whatever comes to mind. It can be whatever you want it to be, just stream of consciousness. Pour it all out. Write your name, doodle on the page, there are no rules.
Spending five minutes at the end of each day writing in your journal is a significant form of stress relief.
Whatever you’re thinking of, feeling, or experiencing in life is worth being writing about in your journal. It’s self-care that doesn’t feel like much work, but it provides satisfaction you might not imagine possible.
Create Self Care Rituals
Taking care of yourself is even more important than taking care of your work and home obligations. Remember that if you are not 100%, you are not giving 100% to the people counting on you.
Look for opportunities to make time for yourself, to refresh your mind and body, and schedule these into your day. Daily self care can be taking your lunch out on the lawn in front of your building and just enjoying the weather. Or treating yourself to a restorative yoga class a couple of times a week. Or having your husband do kitchen cleanup while you read a new book.
By identifying what self care is for you and scheduling it into your planner, you are attending to yourself and the benefits are tremendous.
Who is not more at peace after taking some personal time during the day?
Self care rituals do not have to cost much, or even any, money. A nightly bubble bath with just a bit of essential oil is relaxing and feels luxurious but doesn’t cost a dime. Scented candles don’t have to cost much (I like to buy mine from Homegoods and Bath & Body Works) but they add so much to a stolen hour with a good book!
So schedule those daily self care rituals into your journal regularly and make sure that you take care of yourself so that you are whole to take care of those you love.
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