4 Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Bullet Journal

Bullet journals (or bujos for short) are all the craze right now. If you’re on IG, Pinterest or YouTube, you’ve most definitely come across them at some point. It’s bujo mania everywhere.

If you’re not sure what a bullet journal is, I’d suggest reading this primer from Kara Benz (and while you’re at it read her guest post for our 2016 #sendcardsspreadlove challenge) or check out the official bulletjournal.com site by the creator Rydell Carroll. And whether you’re familiar with bujos or not, here’s a fascinating article on the science behind the bujo craze.

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4 Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Bullet Journal

Personally, I’ve admired the craze from afar. I love the idea of it and drool over IG images like this, this and this. But, as an avid journaler, on and off again scrapbooker and art journaler, I can’t bring myself to jump on board. Something about having to recreate everything daily, weekly and/or monthly is not appealing to me (read as: too much time and investment for my taste).

But then I saw today’s guest, Ameenah Samuel’s self-care bujos on Instagram and she has me all the heart-eyes and wanting to give it a try. Be sure to check out Ameenah’s 2017 #sendcardsspreadlove challenge guest post on tips for hand lettering.

And she’s making it real easy for all of us newbies or for those of you who already bujo (can it be a verb too?) with helpful tips for making a self-care bullet journal. I’m excited to dive in and get back to my renewed intention for self-care. For accountability I’ll be sharing on IG & in the FB group for paper lovers – hope you will too and make sure to tag me so we can support each other!

Ameenah Samuel guest post: 4 Ways to Add Self-Care to Your Bullet JournalHowdy and thanks for having me here on Pretty by Post®. I’m Ameenah and today I’m going to share with you 4 ways to add self-care to your Bullet Journal.

Before we get started, let me share the why aspect of it. You should have a self-care portion to your bullet journal because:

  • It will give you a better understanding of your relationships with others and yourself. For example, you may want to track your habits like me time vs. family time. You might find that you spend more time on one over the other, or you may neglect both. You wouldn’t truly know unless you sincerely assess and track this each month. Tracking your habits, like whether you exercise or drink water, lets you know if you fall short or not.
  • It will help you be mindful of what’s important for your growth and development. You need to take care of yourself. In order to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself. If you don’t intentionally do this then how can you give 100% to your loved ones, your employer, friends or to anyone you may encounter?
  • It’s your accountability partner. You can look back and see how much progress you’ve made or where you need to do more work.

There are so many more things I can add to that list, but that’s another article for another time! Let’s get the party started then, shall we? Lol!

Here Are 4 Ways To Add Self-Care To Your Bullet Journal

1. Daily Self-Care Plan

This is my first time doing a daily self-care plan that I can use to better my mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. What you’ll want to do for this layout is break it down into these categories:

  • Physical Self-Care
  • Emotional/Mental Self-Care
  • Spiritual Self-Care

Then you are going to put whatever you want to do daily to better yourself based on the category. For example, if you have Physical Self-Care then you’ll put exercise for 30 mins, healthy diet, etc.

Self-Care Bullet Journal

2. Habit Tracker

You can track exercise, daily water intake, how much sugar or gluten you eat, or anything you want. When I do my habit tracker I get a really good idea as to what areas I need to work on and when I track my mood and food I can see what I ate and if it caused me some type of disturbance. Food is known to affect your mood so I also keep a food log.

A habit tracker is a neat thing to have in your bullet journal and I strongly recommend everyone give it a try. Pinterest has tons of ideas on how to design your very own tracker.

Habit Tracker Bullet Journal

3. Gratitude Log

Setting some time aside each night before you go to bed to write what you are thankful for will help with your journey to self-care. It will be a reminder of how blessed you are and make you feel thankful. This gives the heart ease and puts things in perspective. Everyone needs to make time to practice gratitude.

Gratitude Log Bullet Journal

4. Motivational Quotes

When I need a pick me up I read motivational quotes. Recently I wrote reasons why I rock and it was kind of an emotional experience. I felt very teary when reading it and thinking about myself. And to hear myself acknowledge positive things about myself was very nice. Sometimes I write quotes or hand letter different things.

Motivational Quotes Bullet Journal Motivational Quotes Bullet Journal

If you decide to start a bullet journal then strive to add these things in it. Your bullet journal needs to be able to work for you and motivate you.

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How will you implement self-care in your bullet journal? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share your self-care bujo by tagging us on IG @prettybypost and @mariampoppins or joining us in the paper lovers FB group (the members are also picking out the planners for the Pop-up Shop, so if you want to share your opinion it’s not to late to join us!)


Author Bio

Ameenah Samuel is a blogger over at Mariam Poppins. She’s an artist and planner enthusiast, who has an aficionado for hand lettering and all things artsy. You can catch her on Instagram and Facebook.

* The above are affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you make a purchase. I will never post a link to a product or service that I haven’t used myself and that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend.

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      • Of course! I actually decided to try bullet journaling after re-reading this post in the midst of my minimalism journey and so far as a day 1 start, it’s really relaxing starting to take some time to design my own journal instead of just drooling over all these ones in Pinterest.

        The habit tracker I’m really going to give a try for October because I’ve been using reminders on my phone but it’s definitely not the same as seeing the progress happen or not happen visually!


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