Most of us go through our days on auto pilot. If you’d like to become more aware of what’s happening moment to moment, mindful bullet journaling can help. Being mindful is great for not only your emotional and mental health, but your physical health as well.
What is mindful journaling? I’d compare it to hatha yoga but without the physical activity. It’s the way you clear your mind, it’s how you learn to focus on yourself, and it’s how you learn who you are.
Being mindful means being present in our own lives. It’s taking deliberate time to focus on how you feel, what’s around you, and what is happening. It’s deliberate, and it’s helpful in so many ways. Being mindful helps you learn how to appreciate the little things in life. It helps you learn how to better react to situations, and it helps you clear your mind of so much stress and discontent. Here are my five steps to mindfulness bullet journaling.
1. Mindful Bullet Journaling is Deliberate
It won’t come easily to you at first. You might not sit down and find yourself able to write mindful thoughts right away. You might struggle for a few days or weeks until you grow accustomed to this type of writing. You might be confused or unsure what to write. Take time learning how to be more mindful by writing in your bullet journal daily.
2. It’s Messy
The idea of a mindfulness bullet journal seems so put together and clean, but it’s anything but. A journal can be messy because your mind is messy. You can’t write down or track how you feel and what you feel in a nice and tidy manner. Your mind is a jumbled mess of thoughts, feelings, and things. Your journal is going to reflect that jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. Don’t worry about how disorganized it is. Don’t focus on clean thoughts and writing. Focus on just capturing what you feel.
3. You Must Be Honest
The one thing you should know about mindfulness journaling is that it’s all about honesty. This kind of journal will not work if you are not honest. You cannot sugarcoat how you feel, what you’re thinking, or what you’re going through. Since nobody should read the journal but you, you shouldn’t have to hide your real emotions or feelings in an attempt to appear a certain way. Feel free to be open and free with the journal, if you can, and if not, use symbols and shorthand to log what’s happening in your world. Or try a Dutch door page layout so that part of the page covers any details that you want to make more private.
The purpose of a mindful journal is to help you clear your mind. If you’re spending so much time organizing your thoughts, it may make you self-conscious and defeat the purpose. Now is the time to focus on doing things that work for you. It won’t be easy to do that right away, but you will get better with it over time.
4. Don’t Forget Optimism
Your mind might not be filled with happy thoughts every day, but it is helpful to include some happy thoughts each day. It is not uncommon to have some days where you really have to try to find the good in your day, but it’s there if you know where to look. Even if 90% of your journal on one particular day is negative, find one good thing to be hopeful and optimistic about.
Whether you’re just happy about having hot water and a shower when you get home from work or you’re happy you have a family, write it down. Mindful is difficult, but it’s not impossible. You can do it, and you can make it easier on yourself if you include sections of your bullet journal for a gratitude list, “wins” at work, or positive quotes and affirmations.
5. It’s Great for Stress Relief
Being mindful is good for your mind and your soul. It’s good for your body, too. You can release your stress when you’re mindfulness while writing in your bullet journal each day. Your body tenses when you go through difficult times or feel stressed. When you write those things down and get them out of your mind, you’re able to clear the stress and tension from your body.
Being mindful takes time to learn. You won’t be perfect the first day, but it’s all right to mess up and learn as you go. Everyone starts as a novice when it comes to being mindful, but you can make it a habit and learn to apply this to your life each day. A bullet journal is a wonderful way to start making positive changes in your life.