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In the last 6 months my life has gone from a busy, on the road rep job, to a potentially even busier balancing act of running my own business and working part time as a Veterinary Nurse.
When your day to day is varied and hectic and you LOVE maximising the time spent creating for your own business its easy to forget to look after yourself.
It is for this reason that I have started utilising my Bullet Journal to prioritise self care.
What does self care mean to me?
For me, self care is about taking time to do the things I enjoy doing, that are good for my mental and physical wellbeing. These are the things that often sit on my to-do list and get migrated from list to list while I prioritise the time sensitive business related tasks.
As the owner of a small business, that now makes up a decent proportion of my monthly income, it’s is so important that I stay on top form… my business doesn’t work without me! So I really need to make sure I look after myself.
Making self care a priority
Self care can be incredibly varied. From taking time out to have a lovely relaxing bath, to going for a run, or sitting down with a cuppa and reading your favourite magazine. Really for me its about setting aside some time in your day to do something you don’t *have* to do, but know that if you do it then you will feel better for it.
Just because a customer wont be disappointed by my not going for a run, in the same way they would if their order was late, doesn’t mean that taking time to exercise isn’t important!
Utilising my journal
I’ve utilised a few different strategies to make self care a part of my journaling process.
Just spending time with my journal can be the ultimate me time, so makes for a great first step in “self care”.
Recently I put together a game of “Self Care Bingo” in my bullet journal utilising my Self Care Icons Stencil
There are 6 different icons in the stencil, each representing a category of self care;
- Heart Icon – Extra special treats – massage, pedicure etc
- Step Icon- moving and hitting the step goal
- Book Icon – Journaling/reading
- Running Icon – Exercise
- Yoga Icon – Meditation/relaxation
- Moon Icon – Rest!
In the bingo spread I have pencilled in 4 of each of the icons. When I complete something in the category I will colour in the icon with coloured pencils*and write over the top in my black triplus fineliner* exactly what I did and when.
Take a look at the page below to see how the spread turned out. I’ve used a silver metallic pen* to highlight the words “bingo” and “self care” and really make it pop *
Another example of Self Care in my journal is my Bucket List spread. This really makes me think about the things id like to get done some day and prioritise them for today!
However you do it, just make sure you look after yourself!
I’d love to see some of your self care spreads. Please tag @oopsadaisyuk on Instagram and use the hastag #selfcareisntselfish