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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Blogmas Day 5: 9 Ways To Bring Mindfulness To Your Bullet Journal This Holiday Season

Today, I want to talk about how we can incorporate a bit of mindfulness in our Bullet Journal, without having to take hours from the festivities to journal every emotion down - seriously, ain't nobody got time fo' dat this week

Wow! How are we already on Day 5 of Blogmas?! This year is flying by and I seriously need a drink to keep up...

Earlier this month, we spoke about how the Holiday season can be incredibly stressful, not to mention depressing. Today, I want to talk about how we can incorporate a bit of mindfulness in our Bullet Journal, without having to take hours from the festivities to journal every emotion down - seriously, ain't nobody got time fo' dat this week...

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1. Keeping A Time Log

As our days get progressively busier, it is all too easy to lose track of where we're spending our time. A time log is a great way to take care of this, and colour coding time slots helps give you an easy-to-read chart of which activities take priority each day. Plus, if you're a procrastinator (tut tut!), a time log is a great way to call yourself out on slots of wasted time!

Here's my BFF Issie's amazing Time Log, over at Cortex Corner !
Psst! She has a brand new blog, so go show it some love over at this link! It's awesome!



2. Tracking Your Sleep

As someone who has a mild sleep disorder, and lived a year with someone with a more serious sleep disorder, I know for a fact that a good night's sleep is one of the most crucial elements of a successful day. A sleep tracker is a great way to keep tabs on how much sleep you're getting each night (I simply track the hours), and, if you want to change your sleep pattern, it is also a great way to note down the times at which you go to bed and wake up.

This Sleep Tracker By Rachel at Planning Mindfully illustrates both these ideas really well!



3. Count Your Blessings

Okay no word of lie, the one way to instantly bring mindfulness into your day is by counting your blessings. I make it a point to write down ten things I'm grateful for each morning, before I even look at my to-do list for the day, and trust me, it makes a huge difference to how I approach my work! 

Giving thanks for all the great things in our lives is an amazing reminder that the stress is only a passing phase, and that life doesn't totally suck all the time.

This no-nonsense gratitude spread by Manon at My Happy Bullet is absolutely perfect for quickly noting down things you're grateful for, before you have to go back to hall-decking!



4. Random Acts Of Kindness

You know what goes hand-in-hand with being grateful? Showing your gratitude by helping someone else! There is something so human about being kind to one another, and while we may not all want or be able to donate to charity, there are tons of other little acts of kindness that will put you in such an amazing mood!

Shawna's adorable Pay It Forward Spread at Journal.Me.Pretty has some amazing ideas about this!

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5. A Level 10 Life Spread

While this didn't really work out for me personally, I know that hundreds of people have benefited from the insights of a Level 10 Life Spread. The Level 10 Life is a concept first proposed by Hal Elrod in his best-seller, The Miracle Morning. The way it works is that you take six areas of your life (and these can be any six, though Health, Finances, Relationships and Career are some of the popular ones), and you rate your current 'level' in each sector on a scale of one to ten, then write down ways in which you can improve each area in order to reach a ten. 

There are loads of ways you can create a Level 10 Life spread, though this awesome chart by Florence at The Friendly Fox Studio is super simple and gets the job done!



6. Habit Trackers

Okay I've said it before, and I'll say it again. You need a habit tracker. Especially in the Holiday season. I find that being ridiculously busy means that I often forget about the little important tasks I need to do daily, such as taking my medication and vitamins, getting enough exercise in, and even showering.

This super pretty habit tracker by Haley at Journautical is exactly what you need to remember all the little things that need doing!



7. A Medication Log

Speaking of medication, if, like me, you're on medication, a log of everything you're taking or have taken in the past can be very helpful to bring to your GP. This is especially true if (again, like me) you're on medication for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, where the entire process is a big trial-and-error of medical cocktails. I always have a log of all the regular medication I've ever been on, and where applicable, why I stopped and what the side effects were. 

Honestly, this has saved me hours of looking for my medical records online, and has saved me literal money for getting a copy of my medical records from the NHS (though I had to do it anyway). 

Here's the Medication Log from my own journal - a basic table with zero fluff!



8. A Mood Tracker

One last nod to mood disorders and medication, a mood tracker is a really useful tool! Not only does it help you keep tabs on the highs and lows, and possible side-effects of any medication, you can also put it right into your habit tracker, and check for correlations with any of your activities (for me, this is exercise). a mood tracker doesn't need to be an elaborate Mandala with a thousand colours, it could be just a plain line graph - yes, I totally use them both, don't judge me!

This simple yet super creative Mood Tracker by Kim at Bujo By Kim is just what the doctor ordered!

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9. Motivate The Crap Out Of Yourself!

I've always been a strong advocate for motivational quotes, and quote pages are honestly my favourite part of journaling. Not only are they super fun to make, they allow you to practice your lettering, and most importantly, they are really fun to flip back to! 

Include motivational quotes such as this one by Sheena at Sheena of the Journal in your own journal, and I can guarantee you'll feel so much better about every situation!



Also, a lot of you joined the e-mail list after the October newsletter had stopped being sent out. In October, I sent out a FREE worksheet to help you deal with acute stress and panic, inspired by several cognitive behavioural therapy programs. But don't worry if you missed it, because I'm bringing it back today! Click the button below to grab your free worksheet!



DISCLAIMER: this is in no way intended to be a replacement for actual medical intervention, and you should totally go see a doctor if your situation is really bad! However, this worksheet has honestly helped me through some incredibly tough times, and I can't possibly keep it to myself!

And that's day 5 of Blogmas! I hope you've enjoyed this post and gained some inspiration from my awesome Instagram friends; make sure to go show them some love!

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Thank you ever so much for reading, and I'll see you guys here again tomorrow with more Blogmas awesomeness!!!

All my love,

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