I was so excited to receive my copy of this book, and it honestly couldn’t have landed on my doorstep at a better time! It was my busiest week at work in a long time, as well as having multiple other deadlines to meet, so i was feeling pretty overwhelmed. Having something to prompt me with my self-care was just what i needed.
I really like how flexible this journal is. It’s 365 days of self-care – but there are no dates! This means that if you forget to fill it out for a while, there won’t be a big gap. You just pick up where you left off guilt free. Guilt has no place when it comes to self-care. I excitedly started the journal when I first got it, and then – honestly – life took over and I kept forgetting. After a while I got more into a routine of using it, and I find it really helpful to sit and reflect on the day, recognise if I’m sleeping and drinking enough, as well as celebrate the little victories!
As it explains in the introduction, there are no rules for this journal! There are the small daily reflections, and spaces for more detailed check-ins. Personally I like colour and doodling, so I use different colours for my entries.
You really can do what you want with it. It’s also not too big, which means you can easily take it away with you if you have to go somewhere. I don’t know about everyone else but if I am away, this is when my self-care is more likely to slip, so I am planning to take it with me next time I go away as a reminder to look after myself.
The Author, Jayne Hardy founded the brilliant Blurt Foundation (check it out if you haven’t heard about it, not only do they offer great advice for people struggling with their mental health, they also create BuddyBoxes which are full of lovely little pick-me-ups and treats for someone who might be having a tough time). In 2017 she wrote The Self-Care Project, and this journal is the follow-up to it. It’s a really handy way of making sure self-care stays a priority, without taking up too much precious time, so if this is something you struggle with, I would recommend giving this journal a try.
*Disclaimer: This book was gifted to me, however my opinions are still my own.
By Caitlin, MH Stories Ambassador.
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Hi, I left a tweet under this article but obvs there wasn’t enough space to say what I really wanted. I wonder if u can help me?
This article was really helpful as I’m having trouble knowing how to fill in the journal? I know it says no rules but I need a bit of guidance. E.g. how many drinks am I sposed to have n how big r they and I don’t know what to do with the prompt words? What r they for? Like some say “hack” “angry” “path” “shade” ??? 1 word I can’t read: Day173= pivot? Pirot? I get saying something about “fun” “chat” “music” but “lemons?!” It’s already giving me a panic attack n making me feel stupid cos I don’t know what to do but everyone’s raving about it?! Please help! Could u maybe do a few more example pages? With the weird prompts and explain it a bit more for us control freaks that need more structure?! Honestly, I don’t know why I’m not getting it?! otherwise I might have to return it. And i did so much want to give 1 to my friend but i dont know how to tell him to use it?! Thanx so much!