Grace’s Grief Journal Plan-with-Me

For Grace's grief journal, I used many different colors. Further, the layouts involved include quote pages, Bible verse pages, quarterly habit trackers...

Katie ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner for Grace to be a grief journal. Grace’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Emerald. I used many different colors when making this notebook. Further, the layouts involved include quote pages, Bible verse pages, quarterly habit trackers, prayer pages, and grief and gratitude pages. Here you can read more about Grace’s planner and learn some about grief. 

What Is Grief?

This is a grief journal, but what exactly is grief? Well, according to Wikipedia, grief is ” multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed.” Generally, this refers to a loss by death, but can actually refer to any loss. This particular notebook was created for a death-loss but could be modified to any kind of loss. Let’s jump into the notebook!

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Grace’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page

Grace’s title layout is a red, pink, orange, and yellow watercolor title page. For the header, “Grace” is in a calligraphy font. Then, below the header is a little decorative swirl.

Quarterly Habit Tracking

The habit tracker for this notebook includes ten habits for four months at a time. There are four in the notebook spread out throughout evenly. The habits being tracked are in teal print lettering and the main header is brush lettered.

Quote & Scripture Pages

Quotes and Scripture pages appear throughout the notebook and are generally paired with a journaling prompt or journaling prompt page. The quotes and scriptures vary as well as the tools used to decorate the page. Some examples include washi tape, watercolor paint, photos, etc. Below are the pages that feature only a quote or scripture. The remainder of these pages can be viewed in the Journaling Prompts section below. Regardless of the style and set up of these pages, the focus and theme throughout is grief and healing.

  • I believe in you.
  • My flesh and my heart may fail but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
  • The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing.
  • Do what they think you can’t do.
  • I am in alignment with my purpose.
  • You won’t ever be your old self again…
  • You are growing into a ‘new self’ a new self that is born out of that grief.
  • Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.
  • Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
  • Every Moment by Joy William. We laughed out loud till we cried | and the tears were sweet | midnight melted to morning | a moment faded to memory | all these days just slip away through our fingers | so, don’t let go | hold on to every moment | always know | hold on to every moment that you can | we move on with no regrets to our destiny | held by the hands of the father | we share his love and he leads us through | all these days | ’cause they slip away through our fingers | so | so don’t let go | hold on to every moment | always know | hold on to every moment that you can.
  • You saw me take my first breath and saw you take your last.
  • When you can’t find the sunshine be the sunshine.
  • I am okay.
  • Sometimes we just need some time in a beautiful place to clean our head.
  • Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. take my yoke upon you, and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30
  • You’ll find this as you grieve: some days you’ll have the strength to dive deep and Jesus will meet you there. other days you’ll barely manage a nudge in his direction – and he’ll meet you there too. His grace is being enough for both.
  • Your mistakes don’t define you.
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to god. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4: 6-7
  • Find joy in the journey.
  • Don’t think about what might go wrong, think about what might go right.
  • it’s okay to stop and just be.
  • Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
  • Find your tribe, love them hard.
  • Relax, Refresh, Reconnect.
  • Sometimes it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.
  • One day at a time.

Journaling Prompts

Journal Prompts include grief and general self-care related prompts to help Grace journal about various topics. I have included nearly all the different prompts. Further, these prompt pages are generally paired with quotes or scripture pages as well which are also focused on grief and healing.

  • I find comfort in…
  • Two moments I will never forget are…
  • Today I enjoyed…
  • If my body could talk, it would say…
  • I feel energized when…
  • I am happiest when…
  • Today was good because…
  • I feel safe when…
  • Today I…
  • A memory that makes me smile…
  • My best qualities are…
  • Today I smiled because…
  • I wish I had told you…
  • I can depend on…
  • Today I feel…
  • The hardest part is…
  • My goal for this week is…
  • I am okay because…
  • I want to remember…
  • I smile because…
  • You taught me to…
  • When I think about you, I feel…
  • When I wake up I…
  • If I could change one thing…
  • Today I will be…

Prayer and Grief and Gratitude Pages

These prayers and grief and gratitude pages include two specific journaling pages. The first (generally the left page) is for prayers. Then, the second (generally the right page) is for grief and gratitude journaling. These pages make up a majority of this notebook.

Faber Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen Orange Glaze 113***; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Sunshine Washi Tape
Texture Washi Tape; Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens, Gold 250**, 1,5
Grace's Grief Journal | Bullet Journal Inspired
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint
Sharpie Extra Fine Gold; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Sharpie Extra Fine Gold; Metallic Foil Washi Tape; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Similar: Purple Floral Washi Tape
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; 40 Rolls Washi Tape Set; Antner Floral Washi Tape
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens, Gold 250**, 1,5; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint; Knaid Floral Washi Tape Set
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape
Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15, black; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Watercolor Paint
Karin BrushMaker Pro, Black 030; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set
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Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens; Savena Black Pattern Washi Tape Set

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The Best Way To Bullet Journal For Mental Well-being And Self-Care

Are you getting into bullet journaling and are trying to figure out how to incorporate mental well-being or self-care into your journal? It is so so easy to add mental health into your bullet journal. Here is a brief breakdown of the bullet journal planning method, several ways to incorporate mental well-being and self-care into your bullet journal, as well as some layout inspiration!

What Is A Bullet Journal

At its core, a bullet journal is a personalized planner. These planners are generally done using the bullet method made popular by RyderCarroll, read more about the bullet method here. Besides this unique method, what makes bullet journaling unique is its limitlessness. The bullet journal can be used in nearly any way you want. Some people use it for planning, for art, for travel, for journaling, or any combination of anything they can think of. While there are still pure bullet journalers out there, bullet journaling has morphed into so much more. One really popular use for the bullet journal is for mental wellbeing and self-care.

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How to Use Your Bullet Journal for Mental Well-Being & Self-Care

There are countless ways to utilize your bullet journal for mental well-being and self-care. One of the most popular ways is with the mood tracker. A lot of people keep track of their moods on a day today basis. They might color code a grid known as a year in pixels, or they may create monthly pictures from their mood. However, you decide to track your moods, its one of the easier ways to view your mental well-being all in one place.

Another popular layout for mental self-care is a self-care list of schedule. These layouts have no limits and are often set up like a list or routine schedule which focuses on self-care, how to practice self-care, when self-care was practiced, or any combination of these options.

For people with mental illness or more severe mental concerns, there is an array of ways to use your bullet journal to help. Some trackers that I have made for clients with these concerns include medication trackers, symptom trackers, trigger trackers, sleep trackers, exercise or other habit trackers,self-care lists, hygiene schedule, self-care schedule, rewards schedules, water trackers, etc.

One final layout idea for mental well-being is a gratitude layout. This can be in the form of a tracker or can be a reminder list, or really anything you want it to be. I personally like creating word art out of my gratitude. You cannot go wrong is a mindful and positive approach like gratitude

Bullet Journaling is a great way to keep an eye on and improve your mental well-being and self-care practices. There are unlimited ways to use your bullet journal in this way. If you want more inspiration, check out my gallery here!

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Bullet Journaling to Manage Your Mental Health

As you know, I am a huge proponent of self-care and mental health topics. I think that being aware and knowing how to take care of our mental health is hugely linked to other forms of well-being; however, are not taken as seriously as other forms of health. This post is an inspirational list of mental health bullet journal layouts. These include mental health trackers, self-care lists, gratitude pages, and other mental wellness related layouts. This post may contain affiliate links

Mental Health Tracking

My favorite part of this layout by @wild.woman.rising is that it is not only mental health tracking but also incorporates various forms of tracking like habits, sleep, etc.

This is a layout of my own which I created for a client, it’s a generic mood pixels layout but horizontal to fit into an A6 sized notebook!

This is another year in pixels created by Little Coffee Fox which I adore! I love the use of watercolor and how she only outlined the grid, it looks very nice!

This layout is a trigger tracker by @juliettestudios inspired by @lindsaybraman. I love this layout because it is not like most other mental health layouts. This layout is far more specific than most but SO useful.

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Bullet Journal Layouts to Help Manage Your Mental Health

This layout is another year in pixels by me. This particular one tracks 5 different moods.

This layout is another perfect example, by @akiyamahanayu, of a layout that incorporates not only mental health items as well as spending and other habits.

While a sleep log is not necessarily a mental health tracker per say. However, I am a strong believer that sleep affects mood and well-being so closely. For that reason, I have included sleep tracking into this post.

Mood trackers are incredibly popular in bullet journaling. What I like about this one by @bu.joos is that it is not a pixel grid but instead a line graph. I love this!

I love the very creative ways moods can be tracked. In this article are several examples. This one by @megobujos is a geometric mountain range.

This is one of my favorite layouts which I have done for a client. This one is in an A6 size notebook and looks so fun!

Bullet Journal Layouts to Help Manage Your Mental Health

Similarly to the above sleep log, this log is not necessarily about mental health but it includes tracking medication, sleep, and water. Also, this one was created in an A6 sized notebook.

This final mood tracker by @rachelbujo is beautiful. I love the wheel design, green color scheme, and natural vibe. A circle or wheel design is a fun way to track moods!

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Self-Care Layouts

Bullet Journal Layouts to Help Manage Your Mental Health

I am a huge proponent of self-care. Sometimes you don’t need a super intricate layout to incorporate self-care into your bullet journal. A simple list can be perfect.

This is a layout that takes a simple list of self-care ideas and ads cute doodles! Love this one by MissLouie.

Similar to the layout previously, this one by @mashaplans is a creative way to list self-care ideas!

I love this idea by Little Coffee Fox because of the creative alphabet twist! I think this layout can be so beneficial for someone who is struggling to come up with self-care ideas.

This self-care bullet journal layout is different than the ones previously mentioned. However, I love it! It’s such a simple idea and looks so clean. This page is a great layout by @hollylovesplanning.

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I know I have already shown a ton of self-care list layouts. BUT this one by the Bullet Journal Addict is so pretty so I wanted to share it too.

Gratitude Layouts

Bullet Journal Layouts to Help Manage Your Mental Health

I love gratitude layouts. I think the practice of gratitude is so important. Simply remembering good things can change your mindset for the better. This layout is a simple list page where you can add anything you want to the page that reminds you of things you are thankful for.

This gratitude tracker by @heartistic.jess is a fun twist on sunshine. Each day of the month you write something you are grateful for in one of the sunrays.



Other Mental Health Wellness Pages

This worry tree by @sparklymalarkey is unlike any layout I have seen previously. I love it for someone who might struggle with anxiety or someone who worries too much (aka me). I would love to learn more about the process of creating it!

Mindfulness is such a beautiful and useful idea and practice. Having a layout that helps you to be more mindful is an awesome idea! This page was made by @the.petite.planner and is so creative yet simple!

It is pretty common for people to incorporate quotes and motivational words into their bullet journal. I personally LOVE this concept. I personally have created pages to list positive and inspirational quotes. This page by Productive and Pretty is just like that, beautiful!

Similar to a gratitude list or a list of quotes, a list of items which make you happy is a fantastic idea for someone struggling with depression or any level of sadness. This one by @PassionPlanner is so beautiful.

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Here is a list of needs by Little Coffee Fox. I love this idea because it is so easy to forget to take care of our own needs!

Bullet Journal Layouts to Help Manage Your Mental Health

There are so many benefits of mindfulness and meditation tracking or listing out your meditation topics or experiences are great for your mental health. I love this idea by @bujo.casio.

These mental health pages are not for everyone, but for some people, it is a game changer. Want to check out more bullet journal layouts, check out my Instagram! Let me know what you are thinking in the comments below!

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