I am a multiple planner user. Yup, it’s a thing. One problem with being a planner addict is that you end up with so many planners, you have to find a use for them because they are dated and eventually become, well…. outdated.
(Note to self, buy undated planners only).
For one of my planners, I have designated it as my wellness/gratitude planner. Let me walk you through it 🙂
This planner is the vertical wellness extension pack by the Happy Planner.
Top Row: Praise yourself. Write down what you’ve accomplished.
The top row is where I write down at least 3 things I’ve accomplished that day. Often times, as a busy body, it’s hard to celebrate my successes no matter how big or small. Treat yourself to some praise, acknowledge the things you’ve accomplished in one day. For me, it can be taking the time to do yoga, meditate, or accomplish that task that I have been pushing off for weeks.
Middle Row: Practice Gratitude.
Everyday, I like to take a minute to write down at least 3 things that I am grateful for. I will admit, it’s hard to dig deep everyday and find things that are beyond the small, materialistic things, but it’s worth it when you try. There are plenty of articles that discuss the physical, and overall wellbeing of practicing gratitude every day. For me, it helps me focus on the positives, especially when everything has gone wrong. By shifting my focus to remember my blessings, I am able to step outside of myself and my first world problems.
Here are some fun articles about practicing gratitude:
This article has some great prompts to get you started if you need a little inspiration:
Bottom Row: Daily Focus, Mantra, or Daily Note.
Since this planner layout comes with daily prompts on the bottom row, I usually follow them day to day. Sometimes I use inspiration from books I’m reading, or from my daily meditations with the Calm app.
Daily Reflection Books I am Reading:
I keep the following books in my reading nook where I sit every weeknight and journal. I usually pick up one or two of the following and use the prompts, or meditations to fill in the bottom row. I love these books because they are organized by the date, emotion, or by intention which makes it easy to use in rotation.
The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy To Deepen your Practice by Rina Jakubowicz
Dear Universe by Sarah Prout
Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Schaef
Crystals for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with the Healing Power of Crystals by Karen Frazier
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
The nice thing about the Happy Planner layout is that it has a few extra elements of wellness that you can add into your journaling. On the leftside margin, there are habit trackers for exercise, a writing prompt for self care, and a few check-in spaces such as: positive word, currently reading, what are you listening to, and what are you watching…
For the week below, I’ve added some stickers to track my reading and no screen time after 9pm…Stickers are ALWAYS a fun addition :).
After making this a daily practice for the month of August, I’ve found myself to be more grounded. I am able to de-escalate myself faster when I find myself getting upset or irritated.
When I don’t do it, I miss it. Every day, I look forward to crawiling into my little writing nook and settling in with my journal. Like I’ve mentioned in my other planner posts, making lists, journaling, and just reflecting on my day really helps me center my soul and take control of my monkey brain.
What can I say… when you find something that works and brings you peace… you just gotta keep doing it. 🙂
Do you use a wellness journal? How do you use it?