Bullet Journal Ideas for Kids with Anxiety
If you or someone you love struggles with anxiety you know how difficult it can be. Then add being a child or teen to that challenge. It's not easy trying navigate and understand the fear and doubt that anxiety adds to our thoughts and feelings. Between trying to identify triggers, to understanding how your body responds to when anxiety is triggered, there can be a lot of confusion and misunderstanding.
In the video below I offer some tools you, your child, or your teen can use to help identify triggers, track habits, clarify feelings and combat anxiety.
Here is my list of 10 bullet journal ideas and description of what I included in this create calm journal. You can use these to help yourself, your child or your teen who struggles with anxiety:
A motivational or inspirational quote: I chose a quote that could be helpful when anxiety is triggered
Month-at-a-glance Calendar: This can be helpful in providing things to look forward to as well as giving kids/teens a look at what's coming up (for some kids this can actually create anxiety so see what works in your situation).
What Makes me Feel ANXIOUS: I set this up as a journal prompt in this bullet journal. This can be used to help kids identify what people, places or situations tend to trigger their anxiety and can be completed through images, words or sentences
What Makes me Feel HAPPY: I also set this up as a journal prompt page on the page opposite the 'What Makes me Feel ANXIOUS' page. This can help kids find something positive to focus on when anxiety takes a hold and can keep things from seeming ALL negative when visiting the 'What Makes me Feel ANXIOUS' page.
Habit & Sleep Tracker: In the version you see in the video I included things that can help keep anxiety at bay (E.g. exercise, writing, drinking water, etc). Under this I created a sleep tracker. I made this tracker simple so a child can easily complete it. All they do is fill in whether they felt rested/energetic when they woke up or tired/blah. This can give parents and the child themselves insight into the amount and quality of sleep they are getting.
Ooodles of Doodles: This is simply providing a small area to doodle or create everyday. There are no rules or expectations just fill in the small box. This can give the child and parents insight into emotional state and provide the distracting and calming effects of simply putting pen to paper.
Get it Out!: This is another journal prompt page that is really just a free form venting page. Draw, write, add a photo, whatever you like. Again it's about creating a area for expression and exploration of feelings.
Coloring: Coloring can be very calming for all ages. With that in mind I next added a coloring page. I chose some color in stickers but you could take a coloring sheet from a coloring book or print a coloring sheet you find online.
Week-at-a-glance: Here I created a week on two pages spread. For each day of the week I added an affirmation to help the child/teen push back against anxiety. There is also a section for gratitude. Again this can be completed with drawings, words, or sentences. Finally I added a headache tracker at the top of the spread as my little anxious person suffers from anxiety triggered headaches. Each week I will add another week-at-a-glance spread for the week ahead. This will allow me to make changes and adjustments as needed.
Seasonal Bucket List: Finally at the end of this little journal I created a summer bucket list. This is full of fun and exciting things your anxious child can look forward too and focus on when things are not feeling so great (again for some this may be a source of anxiety so do what works for you, your child or teen).
I have combined these tools into a bullet journal style notebook but of course you can pick and choose what works for you and put it together in a way that works for you.
So often children and teens who struggle with anxiety suffer in silence because they don't always know why they are worried or can't put in to words how anxiety makes them feel. These tools use non-verbal methods to help kids express themselves, soothe themselves and understand the impact that anxiety can have on them physically and mentally.