I’ve realised, in my anxious mind, a lot of my problems are to do with control, or perceived lack there of. So I’m big on notebooks. Lots of notebooks. And lists. Mountains of lists. And, to be honest, the notebooks are just a big mess. Every time I go to the shops my partner assumes I’m buying another notebook. It’s an obsession.
I write notes about diet and food, alongside notes from work meetings, and my handwriting is so terrible I can’t read either, one smashes into the other, I also like to draw my own emojis of puking faces when the meeting is boring.
Bullet journaling is a new-ish twist on diary and life management.
It’s a great way of organising thoughts in an organised (obv) and functional manner.
You can combine how you are feeling with what you are doing, and design the layout that works for you (with different colour pens, which really works for me).
I started with just writing in one notebook in different colours so I could tell what the subject was. After a few tries, now I have a notebook that looks structured and uncluttered, with everything I need to track to keep my mind calm.
- Goals – Green pen
- Feelings – Blue pen
- Birthdays – red pen
- Things that are worrying me – purple
- Anything else- whatever pen is left
It’s the ultimate bespoke notebook of ways to calm your mind. And it’s yours so it doesn’t matter if you have to cross out every other word, like me.
There are lots of how to’s out there, you can build your own, but I use the Clever Fox planner (just my choice, no affiliation, there are plenty of other lovely ones with plans in), because I make a lot of mistakes.
Anything that helps clear your mind is a big tool in the mental health power kit. A lot of the time I have built something up to be huge, just to write it down and realise I was adding a lot more emotions to it than was necessary. Then I may actually have the guts to do it!