Peace of Mind Routine: How to Start a Self-Care Journal | Self-Care Series

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How to Start a Self Care Journal

This week’s self-care routine is very special. I chose to do this because I think there are really amazing benefits to writing something down on paper. Write about your aspirations and your obstacles. Write about your strengths and weaknesses. When something is written down, it becomes part of your history. When you write down a goal, it becomes part of your future. Having a self-care journal is one of the best things you can do for yourself so today I’m sharing a self-care journaling routine with you.

What You Need:

  • a journal
  • some nice pens
  • a comfy, quiet space to write

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Step One: Choosing a Journal and Pens

This is actually more important than you think. You need a pen that isn’t going to run out after ten seconds of writing because if it does, you have to get up and go get a new one which means you’re not focussing on your journal. You also need a journal that inspires you to write. If you’re interested in seeing some of my favourite designs click here, here, here, or here!

My preference is a spiral bound notebook because I can fold one side under the other while I write. I like to get my notebooks from Chapters/Indigo. They have the cutest notebooks and always high quality. Some of them are pricey but I like to shop the sale section. #studentbudget

As for pens, I typically go for Sharpie Fine Point Pens. They write really smooth and don’t bleed through the page no matter how thin it is. But the main reason I first bought these is for the colours. For a self-care journal, you want something that looks pretty and encourages you to create.

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Step Two: Find a Quiet Space to Write

You need a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. This is important because you want your focus to be on your journal and not on the outside world. This journal should be a form of meditation so treat it like you would if you were doing a morning meditation. Light a candle, put on a comfy robe or your favourite loungewear and write.

Step Three: Write

For this to be a self-care journal you should set up some prompts for yourself to complete once a week or whenever you need to show yourself some love. These prompts should be written on the first page of your journal for you to refer to (below is my list of prompts I use on a  weekly basis).

You should also have a goals page. I have one goal for each area of my life I think I need to focus on. Once a month I revise these goals. I won’t share my goals because this is a personal exercise you should complete on your own but I have a goal for each of these areas of my life:

  1. Body: not necessarily weight, but goals in terms of what I want my body to be able to do. For example, I once had a goal to do the splits and I worked on it until I could do it. Having body goals shouldn’t always be about looks. It should be about seeing what your body is capable of.
  2. Mind: usually a book I want to read or a certain exercise I want to complete such as a puzzle or a riddle to keep my mind sharp.
  3. Blog: Since my blog has become a big part of my life, I set goals for it. I make goals for what vibes I want the blog to have for the readers and what content I would like to write about.
  4. Beauty: Sometimes I let my skincare routine slip by the wayside or I get split ends and avoid dealing with them until I absolutely have to. So I usually write a goal for beauty such as doing a hair mask once a week or doing a DIY facial.
  5. Nutrition: this is pretty self-explanatory but I usually have some sort of water intake goal and a specific food to incorporate into my diet (like almonds or turmeric).

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10 Self-Care Journal Prompts

As promised, below the 10 writing prompts that are written on the very first page of my self-care journal. These are my personal prompts so they may not all work for you, but I thought I’d share my list in case you’re stuck for ideas. This list is also not set in stone. If you have something you feel like you want to write about one week, go for it! A self-care journal is supposed to be used for whatever you think would serve you best at that point in time.

  1. Write three amazing things that happened this week.
  2. Is there anything that went wrong with the week?
  3. What made me proud of myself this week?
  4. What is something I think I could do better for next week? Did I accomplish my goals set last week? If not, why? If yes, how can I continue to accomplish these goals?
  5. In this moment, what am I feeling mentally? What are my emotions? Is there an event in my life that is likely to have caused these emotions?
  6. What was my biggest source of stress this week? How can I work to eliminate that source of stress for next week?
  7. Did I procrastinate this week? If I did, what was the reason?
  8. What does my body need at this moment? Do I need to workout? Do I need to eat?
  9. Would I feel better if I company or do I need to be alone? If I need company, who can I reach out to? Plan a date or hang-out for the upcoming week. If I need to be alone, what can I do that will bring me joy?
  10. Have my actions and choices this week aligned with my monthly goals? If not, how can I really focus on my goals this week? What actions could I do to make my goals easier to achieve. Do I need to revise my goals?

Thanks for reading! Do you have a self-care journal? If you have an idea for a prompt or even a favourite pen, share it in the comments! As always, questions are more than welcome.

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5 thoughts on “Peace of Mind Routine: How to Start a Self-Care Journal | Self-Care Series

  1. Interesting post! One of my goals for 2018 is to practice self care so have found this post really useful and I see that you have many posts on this topic, have bookmarked your blog so I can come back to it and encourage myself!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for your comment! I post a new self-care routine every week. They’ve been a bit sporadic so far while I worked on the series but from here on, check back every Sunday for a new one! Message any time you need some extra self-care encouragement. I’m very passionate that every woman should feel good about herself. Take care xo

  2. Love this! Self care is so important but is something so easily forgotten to make a priority! Lots of easy tips here that I’ll be using for sure!

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