Want your teen to be better at navigating her tricky emotions?
You want your daughter to have better self-awareness around how her mood swings and what goes into them. But every time you try to have a conversation about it, she gets angry with you, rolls her eyes, and closes herself off inside to her room.
You know how important it is for to learn the emotional skills she needs to navigate the upcoming challenges ahead of her: college, finding a job, living on her own, creating healthy relationships.
But how do you get through?
How Bullet Journaling Helps
Bullet Journaling is a type of journaling that infuses introspective thoughts with fun, creativity, and art.
There many different ways to bullet journaling with all different types of templates. At Replenish Her Counseling we use these templates with many of our teens that are creatively driven, to help them deepen their own self-awareness and achieve their goals.
How Bullet Journaling Helps
Each month we pick a different goal (or two) we wish to achieve by bullet journaling. We then look on pinterest for some fun templates to inspire our work. Some of these goals may be:
An increased in awareness of daily emotions.
A list of coping strategies used when feeling anxious.
An increased awareness in how much water your drinking each day.
A list of meaningful ways to connect with others.
A calendar to monitor your cycle each month and how this also effects mood.
Bullet Journaling makes having those difficult conversations around feelings, more comfortable and inviting. Most teens find that being creative and using art is a much easier way to express themselves, than just talking about something.
It also creates perspective for the teen in what is going on the entire month. By noticing patterns, teens begin to feel more confident and empowered around their ability to regulate their emotions as well as create meaningful change.
What to Expect at Each Workshop
Replenish Her Counseling staff hold an hour and a half workshop on the first Saturday of each month to help teens get acquainted with the use of Bullet Journaling for their own self-care and mental health.
Each month we pick a different mood tracker template as well as one other template that each workshop attendee gets to pick out. This way the experience is more personalized to their own interests and goals.
Workshop attendees spend the first hour of the workshop designing and creating their templates. Colored paper, cut out images, sharpies, colored pencils, and many other art mediums are available to choose from when creating their template.
The beauty of bullet journaling, is that there is no need to be artistically talented to enjoy it. Some teens trace their template from an existing one, where as others decide to make their very own. It allows any teen to enjoy the experience within their own artistic comfort zone.
The last thirty minutes of the workshop are used to discuss the experience of creating the template, the goals they hope to achieve by using the template, as well as how they can be sure to stick with filling in their template throughout the month.