Bexa is among the bloggers who I look up to and admire the most. Her blog is one of my top picks and I always look forward to reading it. It is bursting with colour, you can tell she gives it her all, and her reviews are always in-depth, informative and honest. Bexa is also an awesome person. If you’ve had the good fortune of chatting to her, then I’m sure you’ll agree. She is incredibly supportive of myself and other bloggers.
So, when she came to me with the fabulous idea of both trying out The Wellbeing Journal, which was created to raise money for Mind, I couldn’t say no. Miss the opportunity to collab with one of my favourite bloggers? No chance!
Let’s get to it!
What is The Wellbeing Journal?
As you can see from the above, the idea of the The Wellbeing Journal is to encourage you to stop and have some time for yourself. I’ll admit, I’ve been failing miserably at this recently, so this post was a good incentive for me to take a break.
It has several activities which encourage you to either stop and think, or be creative and relax.
The Wellbeing Journal was created in hopes of raising awareness and money for Mind, which is a cause I am 100% behind.
What type of activities are in The Wellbeing Journal?
There are a range of activities in the book, from doodling, to colouring in, to getting outside. Basically, anything which distracts you from the stresses of everyday life!
The first activity I chose was colouring in. A couple of weekends ago, it was raining quite badly in Aberdeen so Neal and I had nothing much we could do. He decided to play some computer games, so I opened up the journal to find something to do. What could possibly be a better rainy day activity than colouring in?
The reason I didn’t colour in ALL of it is I liked how it looked as it was, so I decided to leave it instead of run the risk of ruining it. As you can see, I made it bright and colourful (unlike the weather at the time).
It made for a lovely afternoon – sat by the window, listening to the rain and colouring in.
The next thing I did was a “tech check.”
This is another activity really enjoyed! I had been feeling very run down and overwhelmed so I decided to have a full day of self-care. I left my phone in the bedroom, put on a face mask, and painted my nails. Then, I sat and listened to some music – not doing anything else, just headphones on and world out.
I think it’s easy to spend time glued to your devices, especially as a blogger. You feel like you always have to be doing something and interacting to keep up. Stepping away from it all for a day made a huge difference to my overall mood!
The third activity I did helped me to prepare for this post, as it encouraged me to think about things I’m grateful for.
Although art isn’t a strong point of mine, it was fun to do it in this way, rather than writing a list. I’ve been trying hard to focus my attention on the good bits in my life. This was an opportunity to do exactly that.
Would you recommend The Wellbeing Journal?
Absolutely! I love anything which encourages people to step outside of their heads and do something else for a while. I spend far too much time overthinking things, so I loved having this as a distraction.
One of my favourite things about it is the quotes which are mixed in, too. When the journal arrived, I opened it to a random page to get an idea of what to expect. This is the page I landed on:
Now, I’m not normally one for “signs”, but it reminded me a lot of my feelings when it comes to writing. I’ve discussed in the past how I’ve always thought I couldn’t write and how blogging was a bit step for me. So, when I saw this quote, I had to smile at how perfect it was.
Where can I get The Wellbeing Journal?
The Wellbeing Journal is available on Amazon for £8! It’s worth every penny if you ask me.
Make sure you head over to Bexa’s blog to see what pages she picked and find out her thoughts on it!
Mind believes nobody should go through the struggles of mental illness alone. You can call them on 0300 123 3393, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 86463.