Bullet Journaling in Recovery

When you’re in recovery, you’re flooded with tips, tricks, and advice about how to get through it and stay positive. You may have had one or more people tell you that journaling can be a great way to reflect on your feelings, stay positive, and help you get through the tough times. Maybe you tried journaling before and you didn’t stick with it or you didn’t really know what to write or how to express yourself. If this sounds like you, we’re here to tell you all about bullet journaling. 

Bullet journaling is like journaling with a twist, it’s part journaling, part to-do list, and part planner. Where journaling helps you reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, bullet journal helps you get organized, plan ahead, and reflect. A quick google, Instagram, or Pinterest search will yield you thousands of results for inspiration and direction to help you get started. 

Using a bullet journal in recovery can be especially helpful because of some of the major themes that many people use. One of the common uses of the bullet journal is for habit tracking. You can track your habits such as drinking water, hours of sleep or exercise, or tracking your moods from day to day. One of the many benefits of habit tracking is that is can help you see patterns such as noticing how your mood correlated with the amount of sleep or exercise you got. 

Bullet journaling is as much about the result as it is about the process. You can use it as a creative outlet, designing pages, adding color, images, and having fun on the way, or you can make it super simple and just let it help you see what you’ve done, what you want to do, or what you can do to achieve the goals you set for yourself. If you haven’t tried bullet journaling in recovery yet, find some inspiration and give it ago, we promise you won’t regret it!

Borges, A., Miller, R. “Here’s How to Use a Bullet Journal For Better Mental Health”. Buzzfeed. (Website). August 2016

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