Hey, Masha here from Masha Plans, and today I’m back to talk about self-care.
I’m always talking about the importance of self-care and I totally get when you can’t seem to find time to do anything for yourself.
But actually, a great help for this is your Bullet Journal! All you need is to create some self-care related spreads to remind yourself that you and your health need some time and attention as well.
I love using stickers and washi tape these days, but my favorite way to decorate my journal is still doodles. So today, I thought I might walk you through some self-care doodles which you can use on your self-care pages.
But first, let’s talk about some doodling basics and supplies.
B5 Archer and Olive notebook - this is my creative outlet and I’m using it for doodling as well. The amazing paper allows you to try out tons of materials and just be creative in so many ways!
Faber Castell Fineliners - these are still the best ones I’ve tried so far.
Zebra Mildliners - when it comes to color, these are my absolute favorite ones. I even feel like my doodles improve and look better when I use these to color them.
As I said, I’ve recently started using more stickers and washi tape, so on some of these, you’ll be able to see some of my own stickers, as well as Simply Gilded washi tape - it’s my new obsession!
HOW TO DOODLE
Now I know a lot of you come saying “oh I wish I could doodle like you but I’m just not that creative”. Well, the thing is - you actually are that creative!
Doodling and creativity really isn’t some miraculous thing you’re born with, it’s more of a muscle that you need to train.
When I started my very first journal, I had no idea how to doodle anything, but I persevered and now I feel much more comfortable with my little scribbles.
So really, it’s all about practice, doodle more and you will get better. Simple as that!
Ok, there is one more thing - you can divide doodles into simple shapes. As long as you train yourself to see everything in basic shapes - doodling will be much easier to master.
You’ll see in the examples below how each doodle starts with a very basic shape and then it’s just about refining it.
SELF CARE DOODLES
Ok doodle time! I feel like it’s pretty difficult to just doodle self-care because it’s really different for each person.
That’s why I kind of divided my doodles by type and I’m sure at least some of them will resonate with your understanding of self-care.
BODY CARE DOODLES
The first type of doodles is body care and it’s really the first type of self-care I can think of. Bubble baths, face masks, and scented candles are my go-to self-care.
Thing is, I don’t really have a bathtub or scented candles, so personally, I just do some sheet masks.
My other favorite type of self-care is Bullet Journaling. A pencil to doodle or a planner to do some daily journaling and just like that, my day is already better.
I bet that if you’re here, you can relate to how therapeutic Bullet Journaling can be.
I’m not super obsessed with makeup, you’ll only find must-have stuff in my collection. None of those crazy (and sooooo pretty) palettes you see YouTubers use.
But I do enjoy applying makeup. It’s something that calms me down and it makes me feel extra pretty. Sometimes it’s exactly the little care you needed.
The other day I got my game face on and it was so magnificent!! After weeks of quarantine (think ponytails and animal sheet masks), it brought me so much pleasure doing a full-on makeup.
Ok I know this might not be the healthiest category, but I feel like food definitely has to be a part of self-care.
Treat yourself to a better meal or just start cooking more.
My doodles aren’t necessarily healthy ones, but that’s the kind of comfy food I usually go to when I’m feeling down. And you know what - I think it’s ok to not be healthy sometimes.
Just sometimes ok?
I mean, yeah, it’s probably not ok to eat a party-sized pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups a week (I just love being an adult and simply going for it!), but that’s a different conversation.
The final type of self-care doodles I could think of is travel doodles. This, of course, isn’t you 5 minute $5 type of self-care, but it is something you can do for yourself.
For me traveling is one of the best ways to restore my energy and invigorate my creativity and general mood. So I just had to include these here.
Yeah, I know nobody is traveling that much these days. But come on! This thing will go away! Let’s dream big about future plans! Now it’s when it’s more important to do so!
Of course, I had to create something special for you, and this time I decided to go for self-care stickers.
I turned some of these doodles into a printable sticker pack, so you can print them out and use them in your journal any time. Or you can print them out and use them for practicing your doodling skills.
Whatever works best for you!
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That’s all for today!
And remember: Keep Bullet Journaling and it’s ok to be a blob if you need to!