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BUJO for Anxiety

You didn’t think I’d stop talking about bullet journalling or Mental Health after the one month, did you? I do a whole lot of things to manage things in my head and the bullet journaling helps a whole lot to try and keep everything in order for me. For my mental health in particular, I have a couple spreads that I rely on for managing and tracking things. All of these spreads are done monthly, so there’s a lot less set up.

Mood Tracker

The first of these monthly spreads is my replacement for a journal. I can’t seem to make myself keep up with a journal, so instead I have a little mood tracker. Each day gets highlighted with red, yellow, or green depending on how the day went, and it gets a bunny sticker to represent my general feelings for the day. With the rest of the space in the box for the day, I write a sentence or two about the day, why my mood might have been the way it was, what bothered me, or whatever I want to record for the day. It’s mostly just a moment to reflect on the day and get in the mindset for the next one.

Symptom Tracker

This one is actually super important for my Anxiety. See, I am terrible at knowing when my anxiety is bad until it’s really taking over. But I am very good at keeping track of individual symptoms which, as I’ve learned, show a trend. Every day before bed I sit down and mark out how I am on each of the symptoms I’m tracking for the month and give myself a score. 0 for green, 1 for yellow, 2 for red. If the daily score trends upwards, I know my anxiety is getting bad and I can do something about it. And once I start doing something, I can see if it’s working.

Sleep Tracker

As I’ve mentioned, I have insomnia. This page is just to keep track of how much I’m sleeping and how well. I will also sometimes track whether or not I’ve taken something, usually on months when I’ve decided to try something new with my Sleep, to see how it’s working. Again, it’s duration of sleep and quality marked in red, yellow, and green.

For the rest of sleep, there’s a much more involved and long sleep routine I have every night, but this is part of it. I’ll go into it more next month. Anyone else using something like this for their mental health too, or just me?



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