If you’re a long-time reader, you may remember that way back in 2017 I got into bullet journalling. It worked really well at keeping me organised and motivated – and then I got very sick with paranoid thoughts, and it all went a bit downhill. Well, I’ve rediscovered it, and while it is still early days, I think that it’s once again making a real difference to my mental health.
I like it a lot because for me it combines art therapy and organisation. I think I’ve chatted about art therapy before, but for me it really is useful. I like being creative in a way that doesn’t feel pressured. This used to be what blogging was for me, but then I got a bit bogged down in stats and numbers and making sure that every blog post was perfect. With the journal though, it’s just for me, and it doesn’t matter too much if it isn’t perfect. This is a big step up for me, because when I journalled back in 2017, I was really struggling with perfectionism.
I think the journalling is also helping due to the fact that it helps me remember stuff. I have a terrible memory, and if I don’t write something down, it will almost immediately be forgotten. Well, with my bullet journal I have a whole month spread where I can see my events, and I also do the weekly spreads where I can quickly write down my to do lists. This has actually made me a lot more productive!!
However, journalling isn’t the only hobby that I’ve recently rediscovered! As I discussed in my reading slump post, I’ve also been really into baking at the moment. Since that post, I’ve made banana bread and cinnamon rolls, which were delicious but not very photogenic. I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth so the baking makes me happy on that front, but I also really like doing it as a sign of my love for my fiancee, too! It’s been so fun to make foods that he’s been craving, and to share them together.
I’m really grateful that I’ve rediscovered these hobbies recently, as reading and blogging have felt a little bit like an obligation rather than something fun. To have different creative outlets has felt a little bit like a godsend. Also, I’m taking this as a really good sign, as one of the hallmarks of depression for me is my increased disinterest in hobbies. It’s been so long since I’ve felt like I’ve had the energy to actually do things that make me happy.
If you’d like to read more about my experiences with mental health, I have written a blog post for Shattering Stigmas over at Musings of a Book Girl. I’m talking about a day in my life as a person with Borderline Personality Disorder. Check it out!