Ritual de lo Habitual: Habit Transformation with Journaling

If you are anything like me, you may have a bad habit that you want to change.  Today I came up with a kicky cool art journal exercise to help transform bad habits into something better!

Ritual de lo Habitual

To create your journal page you will need some supplies.  Here are my suggestions, however feel free to use what you already have on hand.

A couple of craft paints or watercolors

Acrylic Ink

Permanent Markers


Art Journal or paper

First paint the backdrop for your journal page.  Next add some drawings of your bad habit, or find some magazine images to represent the habit and glue them onto the paper.  Write "Ritual de lo Habitual" across the top.  I used stencils however you could use bubble letters or any lettering style of your choice.  (Ritual de lo Habitual is the name of a Jane's Addiction album, I thought the title was fitting for the page.)  Put a few drops of acrylic ink or watercolor toward the center of the page on one side.  Then close the book and press together to create a mirror image.  

Take your own liberties and make the page your own.  Be sure to leave space for writing, and unless you have paint markers you will want to use a light backdrop so that you can write over the paint.

On the left side of the paper, write your top reasons why you want to change the habit.  Then on the right side list some healthy replacements for the habit.  Then when you get the itch to partake in the bad habit you can turn to the list and find a healthy substitute to try out instead.  

Enjoy transforming your bad habits to good with this fun exercise!  You can make one any time you want to change a habit.  Keep them out somewhere you can see them, or use a photo of the journal page as the backdrop on your computer to remind you of the healthy replacements for your habit.  Before you know it you will have transformed a bad habit into something much better!