How A Bullet Journal Can Improve Your Mental Health

Nowadays we're all so busy that we often let life get in the way and forget to take care of our mental health. A bullet journal is a fantastic way to keep you organised while improving your mental wellbeing.

So, what is a bullet journal?

The bullet journal is a productivity system created by Ryder Carroll, a New York-based author and product designer.

It's a planner, diary and to-do list all rolled into one. The aim of a bullet journal is to help users "live intentional lives" that are both meaningful and productive.

Learning how to bullet journal can take some time but thankfully Carroll has created a short video to help you get started.

How can it help my mental health?

The beauty of bullet journals is that they're completely customisable. You don't have to stick with the traditional bullet journal method, you can adapt it to suit your needs and lifestyle.

This flexibility means you can continually use different layouts and systems for your journal without the fear of messing it up.

You can design your journal however you want. Keep it simple and minimalistic or go all out and make it colourful and artistic, the choice is yours.

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Taking the time to be creative and put pen to paper is a great way to unwind and de-stress after a busy day.

Creating monthly, weekly or daily habit trackers will help you keep on top of your overall wellbeing. You can keep track of your mood, water intake, how much sleep you're getting, physical symptoms or even how much tv you watch.

What you keep track of is up to you but doing so will enable you to see patterns in your life and help make adjustments to improve your health.

For example, my habit trackers have helped me discover that my mental health is better when I sing or play music regularly.

Bullet journals are also a great way of helping you remember your accomplishments. Sometimes life can be so chaotic that we end up feeling like we're not achieving any of our goals.

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The layout of a bullet journal will easily remind you of your achievements as you cross off tasks and slowly work towards your goals.

If you keep a bullet journal, share with us some of the tips and tricks you've learned.

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