Bullet Journaling 

There is something magical about writing and when you go through the process of what’s in your mind and putting it out on paper. It is really therapeutic.

Today, in honor of May’s national mental health awareness, I want to share with you something that I do to promote good mental health: bullet journaling!

I only learned about bullet journaling a few months ago but I immediately became intrigued. Since then I have been slowly implementing it into my routine.

To put it simply, bullet journaling is a way to track the past, organize the present and plan for the future. For me it’s kinda a cross between a diary, day planner, list keeper, habit tracker and devotional journal. It’s the place I go to tidy my thoughts, practice brush lettering, and log the current season I am in.

What’s cool about bullet journaling is it is completely customizable. You can do it in a way that makes sense to your needs, interests and life. If you don’t have time to journal everyday, you can create spreads that you log only once a week, or a few times a month. What I really love about journaling is the opportunity for quiet time to organize my thoughts.

All you need to start is a journal and pen. Use what you have or head down to Target or Ross to find some very cute and inexpensive notebooks and gel pens.

It can be minimalistic with just black ink or artistic with colorful pens, watercolor, washi tape, stickers, stamps and stencils. Mine is a little bit of both. Be creative and find a mix that suits you.

Take a gander at Pinterest or Instagram under the search “bullet journal” to find endless inspiration to help get you started.

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I like to write things like…

  • Calendar events
  • Bible verse study
  • Prayer list
  • What I eat
  • My water intake
  • My exercise
  • Meal planning
  • My work to do list
  • Things that bring me joy list
  • Book reading list
  • House chores
  • Home improvement list
  • Bucket list

If you’ve never tried journaling before, I hope I’ve inspired you to try it. Seeking God’s Word, prayer, clean eating, regular exercise, and community all attribute to a balanced life and good mental health. Bullet journaling helps me to be mindful of my habits and intentional about the present. It helps me process and reflect on what is priority and what needs more work. And I stay inspired when I look back on how I have improved.

Do you keep a bullet journal? What are some things you like to journal? What are some other ways that you practice good mental health? I’d love to hear about your thoughts! Join me in the comments or hop over to Instagram or Facebook to chat with me there!

– That Idealist Creative Sister

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