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During these difficult times, it can be hard to fight the anxiety and stress that you feel. Between trying to keep your kids and parents safe, cook and clean, and keep yourself sane while social distancing, it’s a heavy load to burden. If you are looking for a way to help you relieve stress, I highly recommend giving bullet journaling a try! It’s a great way to help you reduce stress and help you gather your thoughts and feelings in one place. You don’t need a fancy notebook; you can use whatever you have available at your disposal. Here is how to destress with bullet journaling.

Habit Tracking Can Keep You Accountable
With our routines being flipped upside down, a bullet journal can help you stick with your habits. There is nothing worse than starting a new gym membership to help you work out more only to have the gym close. To help you keep track of your habits, you can create a page in your bullet journal and track your spending, work out routines, and even your water intake. Having this structure and routine can help you with your stress, especially if you’re stressing over your lack of routine.

Bullet Journaling is Great for Brain Dumps
When your mind is full of chaos, use your bullet journal to help you brain dump. Getting your thoughts out on paper and making a list is surprisingly satisfying. Sometimes we are stressed by all the things we need to do and remember, and having them on paper can help relieve some of that stress. It’s also great for brainstorming ideas and helping you get your thoughts out in a creative way. You can use this for your work tasks to help you stay organized and on track while working from home too!

Journaling Can Help You Establish Order in the Midst of Chaos
There are so many things causing us stress right now that the best thing you can do is establish some order in all of this chaos. You can’t control how many cases there are, or if you’ll find what you need at the grocery store. But you can control your words on the page. You can control everything in the perimeter of your journal. A lot of the things going on in the world right now are out of our control; do the best you can with what you have.

A Daily Gratitude Log Can Help You Practice Contentment
Practicing contentment can help you when you’re stressing out about missed vacations and opportunities that have gone because of social distancing. As birthdays and holiday celebrations are put on hold, use a daily gratitude log to remind yourself of all the things you have to be grateful for. This can help reduce some of the stress you may be feeling in your life and put it into the bigger picture.

Bullet Journaling Has No Rules
Bullet journaling breaks all the laws of a traditional journal! There is no set do this or that. There are no rules or restrictions. A bullet journal is what you make it! One journal won’t be the same as someone else’s. What you write in this journal might be different from others you’ve done in the past. Having this lack of structure can be good for your stress too.

Drawing and Colouring are Good for the Mind and Soul
Drawing and colouring are great for relieving stress and anxiety. While the art of journaling and organizing can help bring some order to your life right now, bullet journaling allows you to be a little creative. This allows you to write out your thoughts and bring them to life through calligraphy and hand lettering. You can draw pictures or funny comics. You can add quotes from the movies you wrote on a bucket list. The possibilities are endless.

Use it For What You Need Right Now
Bullet journaling can be a stitch or a bandaid, but the choice is yours. You can use your bullet journal as a way to help relieve the stress you feel about your planner being on backorder. You can use it as a way to help you keep yourself organized. You can use it to help you plan your future plans. How you use it is up to you. What you need it, for now, might be different a few months from now. You might finish a whole journal while just being stuck at home. Use this tool to help you with whatever problem you need help with now.

Bullet journaling is such a valuable tool to help you relieve stress. While the world is chaotic outside, you can control what you put in your journal. I hope that this has inspired you to give bullet journaling a try and help you relieve some of the stress you might be feeling.

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