We are working with mental health charity Mind to encourage everyone to focus on getting creative, writing things down, taking a break and sharing your feelings. There are many proven mind and soul benefits of journaling such as reducing anxiety, helping you focus on your thoughts and feelings, improving mental clarity and organising your thoughts.
We’ve created some creative journaling spreads to help and encourage you to get organised to be kind to your mind.
All you need to get started is some brush pens, a dotted notebook (£1 from each Agenzio Notebook will be donated to Mind, the mental health charity, between 16-31st October) and some Washi Tapes. A phone amnesty is compulsory!
Our mindful mapping calendar fits a whole year into one journal spread for maximum mindfulness. All you need is calm-inducing colours, decorative washi tape and a handful of things you want to track throughout the year.
We’ve gone with illness, periods, full moons, daylight savings and extreme weather but other things you could track are alcohol consumption, screen time or exercise. That way, it’s so easy to keep on top of what’s going on through the year, how well you’re doing at meeting your exercise goals and if the moon is affecting your skin in just one glance.
The Gratitude tracker helps you take a sec to remind yourself to be thankful. It’s important to reflect on what has happened during the day so that they all don’t slip into one.
The “learnings” column encourages you to make the best of situations that at first don’t seem to be positive. We can take learning out of loads of different situations so it’s therapeutic to keep an eye on your take-aways from the day.
Mind, body, space and soul
The mind, body, space and soul column is for quick 15 minutes self-care tasks you can do throughout the day.
Digital Detox Bingo
Taking a break from tech and reducing screen time has positive effects on mental health and we all know we spend too much time on social media.
Digital detox bingo helps you put down your phone, get off Facebook, swipe up and out of Tinder and leave that groupchat of friends from school. So take one card a day and learn new skills, take up a hobby and gives your eyes a rest.
What better way to be kind to your mind than colouring in thunderclouds with nice colours?
The Mood Tracker allows you to focus on how many happy and sad days you really have by assigning a mood to a colour and filling each day with that colour! Once you work out how much time you spend being sad / happy / meh you can work out mood patterns and try and make an active change in your day to day to improve your mood.
To help you use these spreads for yourself, we’ve made downloadable templates that you can save and use for yourself!
You will need: