December bullet journal theme: Self-care

Keep Calm and Journal On Because It's December

 

This month, I start with a double-page cover because it’s a crazy month! It’s December, the month of Christmas, of holiday stress, of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Therefore, my theme and message to everyone is: As you prepare for festivities and the new year, don’t forget to breathe deeply and take care of yourself!

Here’s a self-care plan to help you (and me) along. I’ve tried to pick activities that don’t take too long to do because I know everyone is busy! Of course, my lists are customised for me, based on what I know will work for me, so you should swap some things out and choose items that work for you.

If you need more self-care ideas, just google “self-care ideas”, lol. There’s lots of lists out there you can take inspiration from!

 

Self-Care Plan

 

Have a great December and take care!

 

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Journal – November 25-26

Journal - November 25-26

 

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25 Sunday

Would anyone believe me if I told them I got this ugly purple bruise on my knee simply by kneeling ever so gently on the carpet? I made sure to do it gently knowing my body’s propensity for bruising. And, yet, the moment I laid the knee upon the carpeted floor, pain shot through it. A bruise was born thus!

I was photographing my desk and had moved the chair outside because it was in the way of lights and cables and me. So, when I needed to view and edit the photos on my iMac, I had no chair to sit on, hence me kneeling. In the end, after faffing about for hours, I decided to make the chair a part of the photo after all, so all that kneeling and bruising had been completely unnecessary!

26 Monday

I’ve had numerous requests over the months for bujo process videos but haven’t had the time to figure it out. Plus I didn’t want to scare all my followers away with my ugly hands! Still, the pressure to make videos continues and I caved. I would make a handwriting video today! Right when I’m at my busiest with December fast descending! I roll eyes at myself.

I spent all day fiddling with equipment and apps, battling with the tripod, which refused to do what I wanted. It got in the way of the frame and my bujo and my writing arm. And then I had to contend with my fingers getting stage fright and writing like a five-year-old. I’ve never liked my handwriting so I’m baffled when people say they love it and even ask me for font sheets. So, against, my better judgement, I made this decision I hope I will not come to regret terribly!

 

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Journal – November 22-23

Journal - November 22-23

 

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22 Thursday

Maybe running in 5 degrees Celcius temperature in a drizzle wasn’t the best idea. The next night, I felt a sudden throat irritation which bordered on pain by the following morning. That always meant one thing: a cold was sneaking up on me.

I had gotten up early this morning despite having only slept 4 hours because I had a C25K session to run. But I felt so fatigued and my throat hurt. I knew I had to take care or the virus would have me. So I took a Vitamin C tablet and went back to bed. Success! I only managed to sleep two more hours but I felt better and the throat stopped hurting.

23 Friday

What is it with ladybirds and curtains? I found one on our bedroom curtain this time. (The family of five are still living on the bathroom curtain.) I just read that the right thing to do is to put them outside but I feel bad exiling them!

Gratitude

I’m grateful for the rest day I was forced to take to fight a cold virus even though it ruins my C25K schedule!

Today I Learnt

British pork sausages used to be called Little Bags of Mystery because Victorians suspected the presence of horse meat. After WWI, fillers were used in them, causing them to hiss and pop when cooked, resulting in them being called bangers. I love Bangers, Beans & Mash, the song as well as the dish. Russell Brand is hilarious and the dish is easy to cook and tasty!

 

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Journal – November 20

Journal - November 20

 

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20 Tuesday

It’s getting very challenging for me to do my C25K sessions now. With my sleep problems, I’m waking up around 12 pm. I have breakfast around 1 pm. The sky starts to darken about 3 pm, which is when I should start running, before it gets pitch black. But then my breakfast is still not done digesting!

Or, if I do eat breakfast early enough, it starts raining when I’m able to run! It’s funny, how, from July to September, everyone in the country prayed for rain. Now it’s virtually raining every day! I have really picked the wrong season to start C25K!

Yesterday, the rain finally slowed to a faint drizzle when it was already quite dark. I decided to proceed with my session because I already missed Monday. Never mind the dark, it was freaking cold! I was wearing 3 layers and gloves but it wasn’t enough. My nose, hands and feet hurt. And for the first time, I didn’t have to remove my hoodie in the middle of a run/walk.

I did manage to complete the session but it was really horrid and miserable and the actual running wasn’t even the challenge. How will I survive the next 7 weeks?

 

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Journal – November 15-17

Journal - November 15-17

 

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15 Thursday

I have managed to last almost a whole month without acquiring any minor injuries. Cosmic forces are not happy, I think. Because it looks like they’ve decided to make up for the lack all at once!

Tue (AM): Small gouge on back of right hand from making the bed
Tue (PM): Small gouge on left index finger, cause unknown
Wed: 5mm cut on right middle finger, cause unknown
Thu: Big bruise on right foot from kicking table leg

16 Friday

I feel like we’ve been singled out by this shop on Just Eat. We started ordering from them a couple of months ago. Today there was a note on their page: “We do not do deliveries to cottages in the countryside without house numbers or clear direction.”

17 Saturday

Painting does not agree with me. No. It is a horrid job and I refuse to paint the rest of the house! My study is only a small room but it still took me two hours to tape up the skirting and the doorways. Because there are three freaking doorways in this tiny room! And then another 3.5 hours to paint one coat, including the radiator. Luckily, it looks like one coat is enough but NO MORE PAINTING HOUSES!!

Gratitude

But I learnt years ago to find gratitude within all of life’s trials, big or small, so here goes: I’m grateful to have a house to live in and a room of my own to work on my projects. I’m grateful that I have time to work on my projects. I’m grateful to be healthy enough to do things that I enjoy. Ah! So much to be grateful for!

 

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