The Vitality Journal
The Vitality Journal
This is the digital version of my Vitality Journal. Currently I do not have a physical version available. HOWEVER. I know that there are many of you (including some of my clients) who are BUSTING for even a PDF version so they can print it off and use it for themselves right away.
You can use the PDF version to make as many copies as you want. When you fill one up, simply make another. At the moment I just go to office works and print out a B5 version.
I can't tell you how much this journal has changed my life. It is the epitome of self-care and using it forces me to stay the course and do the things I know I need to do every. single. day. to keep depression and anxiety at bay. Otherwise I just forget and don't realise until I'm starting to feel miserable that I've fallen off the self-care wagon.
The purpose of this journal is to have a clear, functional way to inspire ourselves and remind ourselves to stay on track with our self-care routine every day. I designed this journal for me, as sometimes having a chronic illness, I can very easily forget to do the simple things that keep me well (like taking my vitamins and exercising). While these things seem so simple, if I don’t do them for more than a few days, I start to come apart at the seams. So rather than wait until my until I'm unwell, I have a daily checklist that helps me stay on track.
The act of having a list to tick off is actually based on techniques founded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and really helps to give me that little extra boost of feeling like I’m getting something right even on a day where my condition is giving me hell. I wish I had a diary like this when I had Post Natal Depression with my son, as just remembering what I had to do to look after him was overwhelming let alone looking after myself.
Sometimes I can be so motivated and passionate about what I do that I can literally open my eyes and want to work until I drop. Having something like this allows me to slow down, focussing on the important things first. At the end of the day I can't help anyone else if I am sick and tired and in bed feeling sorry for myself. This ensures that I don't burn myself out.
The journal includes a space for monitoring how much water you are drinking, where you're at with your hormonal cycle, your pain levels (for those of us with chronic pain), energy levels and also includes the things I use on a daily basis to stay on top.
If you're wanting to transform your life I highly recommend this journal.