Self-care is growing in popularity these days because of how much it can do for you. Gone are the days where you work non-stop from the time you wake up until you go to sleep, without leaving any time for yourself.
Everyone needs self-care for their own health and wellness, and it often starts with a daily routine. You can create daily self-care habits by using a journal or a planner – and here’s how to do that.
Create a Self-Care Routine
Start by turning your daily journaling practice into a self-care routine. Self-care is very important for your mind and wellness, but it is often difficult to fit it in or remember to do it on a regular basis. However, when you add in using a journal, this can become the basis for your self-care routine. It will turn it into a habit, where during this time of the day, you meditate, write in your journal, and do other things just for you that help promote relaxation and a stress-free life.
Some other things you can do during this time include:
Meditation or mindfulness
Using a daily planner
Drinking water for optimal health
Having a relaxing sleep hygiene practice
Spending a few minutes alone before the day begins
Make Lists in Your Bullet Journal
Making lists can be useful when you are trying to practice self-care, but it doesn’t have to be done in a regular journal. This is also something you can do if you are using a bullet journal. These types of journals are great because they combine benefits of journals and planners in the same journal.
With lists, you are able to keep track of anything and everything you can think of. These can be for productivity and goals like task and to-do lists, lists of places you want to visit, things you want to see, future events, just about everything.
Another way to use lists for self-care is by creating ones around bucket lists or things you always dreamed of doing. It allows you to escape your current life for a while and dream bigger.
Express Your Hopes and Dreams
Part of self-care is letting yourself dream a little bigger and grander. Use your journal to discuss different hopes and dreams you have for your life, or even for people close to your like your siblings, friends, or children. Write down what your biggest dreams are and compare them to what your dreams were when you were a kid.
A lot of clarity can come from this simple task, but it gives you some moments for manifesting many of these things into reality.
Be Positive and Express Gratitude
If you are using your journal for self-care purposes, try to keep it as positive as possible. This might not be what you write about 100 percent of the time, but even when you are writing about something that was worrisome or caused you anxiety, try to find a positive spin to it. Sometimes it is that you learned something new, while other times you are just happy that the situation is over.
Your journal is also a great place to start expressing more gratitude.