7 Ways To Use A Blank Notebook As A Coping Mechanism

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I don’t know about you, but I have an abundance of blank notebooks sitting around my house and for the longest time, I didn’t know what to do with them. I had bought them when they were on sale; who can resist a new notebook? So I got to thinking, what is something productive that I can use these for? Then it hit me, they’d be perfect to use as a coping mechanism! There’s so many different ways to use them! And then the idea was born, 7 ways to use a blank notebook as a coping mechanism.

  1. Doodle/Color in it
    There are many articles out there stating that doodling and/or coloring can help relax your mind and your body. It can also help to reduce a trigger if you are being affected by one. Also, it can help just to calm your nerves because you’re putting all of your focus on something else.
  2. Make a gratitude list
    Making a gratitude list can help remind you of what you do have and take your mind off of what you don’t have. It’ll also help to change your outlook to a more positive one because you’re forced to think about the good things in life instead of the negative things.
  3. Write a positive letter
    Write a positve letter of love to yourself or a positive letter of thanks to a friend or even a positive letter of hope to a stranger. Maybe someone is struggling with something similar and your letter of hope can encourage them to keep going. You can publish it or just keep it to yourself.
  4. Write a short story
    You can write a short story to keep or publish. Write a story of hope, a story of overcoming obstacles or a story of happiness to motivate yourself and/or others.
  5. Journal
    You can use your notebook as a journal and write in it daily, weekly or however often you want. Journaling is one of the older coping mechanisms I know of, I’ve been using it since I was really young and it really does help me.
  6. Make a goal list
    Make a list of goals for the day, they don’t have to be large goals, little goals will suffice. Also, you can make a list of goals for the month or year. Those would be a little bigger. By making a list of goals you are holding yourself accountable and giving yourself things to accomplish. That can be a great way to cope with life’s problems.
  7. Make a list of motivational or inspirational quotes
    They can be about life, about positivity or motivate you to get up and do something. I don’t know about you, but looking up and writing down inspirational quotes can completely turn my day around!

So there you have it, my list of 7 things to do with a blank notebook that can be used as coping mechanisms. Do you have anything to add to the list? Write it in the comments! I’m always looking for new things to do with my notebooks that can benefit me and my health!

xoxo
Lindsey

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Elan says:

    I love journalling and just love a nice new notebook or sketchbook. Stationary addiction lol

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    1. Same here! It’s so hard to resist them when I go to the store x)

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  2. ToadieOdie says:

    I also like using them as a “writer’s notebook” where I keep ideas for writing in them. You know snatches of scenes or character sketches, thoughts on blog posts, etc. This is a great list by the way!

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    1. Genius idea!! I’ll have to start one of my notebooks up with that! Thank you!! 🙂

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  3. askriverbed says:

    Ha! Kindred spirit (can’t resist a sale, plus I could spend a paycheck buying pretty paper). Love your list (esp coloring and positive letter and quotes)! And ToadieOdie’s idea too. I’m personally addicted to TO DO lists, and they mean more to me when I write them on something pretty (I actually get such a rush checking the box). But that’s just me; I think it sounds stressful to others when I tell them that.

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    1. Thank you! And ToadieOdie’s idea was great wasn’t it?! I should start making To Do lists because I do get satisfaction out of checking things off, hehe

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    2. ToadieOdie says:

      I completely forgot about to-do lists! Those are life savers!!! Never thought about using these notebooks for them though. As for daily to-do lists, I just print them out and put them in page protectors so I can use dry erase markers to check them off and then wipe it clean to re-use the next day. Some days it’s the only way I don’t lose my mind.

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      1. That’s brilliant! I need to find my page protectors ;D

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  4. anony says:

    I have one notebook that I write notes to my ex in, things I wish I could say out loud to him, but don’t have the guts to say. It has really helped me heal and continues to help over two years later.
    In a different notebook, I copy down Bible verses/passages, sometimes just sort verses, but other times entire chapters from various books of the Bible.

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    1. Hmm I didn’t even think of that! I’ll have to do that as well, since you said it helps you heal it’s worth a shot! And that’s great! I need to do that as well! Thank you for the awesome ideas!! 🙂

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  5. monlvz says:

    Love notebooks! I tend to forget about it and so to make up for it, I have several blogs that I can vent on and talk about things. This one for example! It’s so much better and good instead of keeping things inside and bottled up. Even if everything you write isn’t all positive.

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    1. That is very true! Sometimes if I write negatively, I like to rip it up and it makes me feel better 🙂 but sometimes I keep the negative writings so I can see how far I’ve come!

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  6. askriverbed says:

    Oh, and then there’s the time I went to Paris by myself, full of optimistic dreams. And along the adventure, I encountered some things that were… difficult. But I was determined NOT to ruin my stay. Soooo, I turned my journal upside down and got all my negative emotions out on the page – from the back of the book moving forward. But I continued reflecting and recording and rejoicing (right side up). When the two met in the middle, I knew it was time to go home 🙂 Forgot all about that until anony commented. Love you all!

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    1. That’s so cool! I never thought of doing that!

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  7. I didn’t know anyone else had this “problem” of not being able to resist a beautiful new notebook, and then having about 95 beautiful unused notebooks sitting around! 😉 Thanks for the ideas! xx Blooming Lily

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    1. that’s quite a lot of notebooks!!! They’re so hard to resist, even the ugly ones lolol

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      1. Is any notebook ugly though?? 😉

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      2. Not really! I guess I should have said the “plain” ones. But honestly, plain ones are my favorite because you can decorate the covers however you want to!!! I bought a box of 30 for 17 cents each other day, so addicted!

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      3. What a deal!!! Here’s another thing you can do with pretty notebooks: write an encouraging note in it, and then give it to a friend. You can even decorate it just so it suits them 😀

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      4. Genius! I’ll have to do that for my friends!!!! Thank you for the idea!! 🙂

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