Bullet journaling is a wonderful way to channel your creative energies and to focused on your goals. The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for winter self-care with a journal. The blank page represents the boundless opportunities that await you in 2019! Here are some things to consider before starting your journal in the new year.
Try a Bullet Journal this Winter for Self-Care
A notebook full of blank pages can be intimidating. What will you write about? What type of calendar page spreads should you use? Do you need to use habit trackers? Trying to answer all of these questions can be overwhelming.
Make one of your New Year’s Resolutions a commitment to be perfectly imperfect. Be yourself, flaws and all. Don’t labor over each decision about your journal in an attempt to
make it pretty, polished and Insta-worthy. Remember that if it helps you keep your life on-track, and it expresses your “from inside” self, it is always the right way to BuJo.
One of the pleasures of starting your bullet journal in the new year is that you will be able to look back on it a year from now and see how much you’ve grown. If you make planning and journaling a habit you will notice that your ability to achieve your goals and live your best life will improve.
Don’t judge your bullet journaling ability in the early stages. Don’t despair over where your life is when you start. Realize a journal and the life that inspires it are works in progress. Just start planning and enjoy the process.
The Difference Between Being Selfish and Practicing Self-Care
One of the most common objections to keeping a bullet journal is the investment of time required. You may feel that setting aside even a small amount of time for yourself is selfish. It isn’t.
Have you heard the story of the woman who was a devoted caretaker for her terminally ill husband during a long illness? When he passed away a visitor noticed that the woman had a list placed on the front of her refrigerator. The list was titled “Priorities” and the first item on it was an admonition for the woman to take care of herself. The second and last item was to take care of her ailing husband. This perplexed the visitor who could not understand how the woman could put herself first.
“I had to put myself first,” the woman said when asked why she made the list so. “If something were to happen to me there would have been no one to take care of my husband.”
This story serves as a powerful example of the difference between selfishness and self-care. When we practice self-care we are making an effort to be the best version of
ourselves. When we become the best we can be our ability to serve others increases. In that context, self-care is magnificently unselfish.
Taking time each day to write down your plans, goals, activities, and thoughts is wonderful self-care. It will help you assess activities, mindset, and health and emotions and will help you to create the best version of yourself.
Journaling is about the journey. The bullet journal you create this year could help you appreciate your own journey toward practicing self-care. Here are some ideas of what to include in your BuJo self-care or winter collection for this season.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Depending on where you live, the winter may bring subzero temperatures and occasional snowstorms. When the sun isn’t present for long periods of time, your body begins to produce less vitamin D. When you have a vitamin D deficiency, you may experience mood swings along with other symptoms like depression, lethargy, and insomnia. To help, try a small vitamin D supplement to keep your levels stable throughout the darker months.
Your mental health can also improve through regular exercise. While you may not be able to run outside, you can practice yoga or bodyweight fitness inside of your home in
any season! Do some daily pushups, jog in place, or simply shake out your arms throughout the day. Even the smallest amount of exercise can go a long way in keeping your mind and body healthy during the winter.
Diet and exercise, as well as vitamin and water intake, are easy to track in your bullet journal.
Arts, Crafts, and Journaling
You may spend more time inside during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored! Find some unique activities or games that you can play inside to stay
busy. This could be a new board game or something more personal like arts and crafts. Learn how to draw, or reignite a passion for a craft that you haven’t enjoyed in a while. Plus, nothing’s better than diving into a long and well-written book during the winter! Have some hot chocolate, curl up in a blanket, and enjoy that book you’ve always been meaning to read.
Bullet journaling can be a cozy DIY or craft activity during the winter months, even if you aren’t artistic. Add some coloring pages, or doodle, or add some washi tape to cover mistakes or as a page marker.
Putting Together a Winter Self-Care Kit
Winter can be a difficult few months to get through. The cold weather keeps us indoors and takes a toll on our bodies. Mood has been shown to be drastically worsened in the winter than during any other season. So, before the first blizzard of the year, make sure you get are prepared with some simple items that might help you make it until spring decides to show up.
Just like you would get flip flops and sandals in anticipation for summer, winter needs its own accessories. Whether it is a new, comfy hand knit scarf, mittens, or a new beanie make sure you have the accessories to keep you warm and safe this winter. The extremities get cold the fastest because your body naturally keeps your core, where your vital organs are, warm before your hands, toes, and face. Therefore, you will need to prepare clothing that will keep them extra toasty this winter.
The dry, cold winter can have devastating effects on your skin. Make sure you have moisturizers to keep your skin nurtured, soft, and not chapped this winter. One of the
most sensitive areas are the lips, where chapping can happen with the barest exposure to a harsh winter. Opt for an “ointment”-type moisturizer that is oil-based rather than water-based to create a protective barrier on your skin that will better retain moisture. This should prevent cracking, chapping, or itching of the skin, especially if you keep them covered up with winter accessories!
Indoor Workout Plans
Regular exercise is a part of any healthy lifestyle, so it is important to remain active throughout the winter months. For those who work out regularly outside, this may not be possible after a blizzard, so it is necessary to have plans to do alternative exercises at home.
Most yoga programs can be done at home with the aid of a DVD or an online streaming service for both physical, emotional, and mental strengthening. If you have access to a
car, you can still attend in-person yoga classes, since most of the time will still be spent indoors.
High-intensity interval training with bodyweight exercises is another often recommended form of indoor exercise, particularly using the 4-minute Tabata method. This is a method where you exercise strenuously for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 cycles. This has been demonstrated to be equivalent to a 30-minute workout!
Winter can be scary to anticipate, but people have gone through them for millennia with a bit of preparation. If you put together a winter self-care kit that addresses your needs, you should be able to make it without any problems. Keeping your body healthy and active will make the 3 months go by like nothing!
While the winter may not be everyone’s favorite season, it can be an enjoyable time if you put your mind to it. Plus, you can get some festive and colorful lights to hang
indoors so you can always enjoy the warmth of the season. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a wonderful winter season without worries!