How a Day Planner Can Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Written by ProjectBlissful

There are so many lifestyle changes you can make that have positive effects on your anxiety levels. You’ve learned that making changes to your physical environment, adding a nice walk to your day and even incorporating calming scents into your surroundings can lessen the tension you feel.

Taking control of your day and looking ahead to schedule time for meeting your goals is another strategy that can make a huge difference in your life. Read on to learn how a day planner can reduce stress and anxiety. Soon you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this life-altering tool.

First, you should consider the best type of agenda or planner for you.

  • Do you prefer to write things down in a notebook or keep it all in electronic form?
  • Would your lifestyle fit a small, portable calendar you can take with you everywhere or do you respond best to having a large visual reminder like a desk calendar or whiteboard that hangs on the wall?

Give it some thought and start with what you think will work best. You can always make tweaks to your system later.

Next, you’ll want to get in the nightly habit of creating a to-do list for the following day. This routine has multiple benefits. It lets you create a “brain dump” by getting a lot of the information that’s floating around in your head out on paper. You’ll likely fall asleep faster with fewer small details cluttering your thoughts. You can look ahead and place some of the tasks in time slots, knowing you’ll be able to complete them when it’s best for you. This exercise also lets you feel confident you haven’t forgotten anything important.

Keeping a day planner adds structure to your life. We all know this is important in reducing anxiety and stress. You can add long-term goals to your agenda, as well. This step lets you feel more in control of the direction in which you’re heading and puts you in the proverbial driver’s seat, rather than feeling like you’re at the mercy of fate.

Along this same line of thought, another great way to keep tabs on your time is to write down regular, mundane activities in your calendar ahead of time. Stuff, like doing the laundry, preparing meals for the coming week, study time for your or your child, paying bills and exercising, can be included on your weekly to-dos as a way of easily holding yourself accountable. Stuff’s more likely to get done when it already has its own time slot.

Finally, don’t forget to add leisure time to your schedule. Planning ahead for a night out with friends or even just sitting down to read a good book will bring relaxation and fun to your life. You can clearly see the ways a day planner can lessen your stress and anxiety. Enjoy the process and make it one that fits your lifestyle.

If a standard day-planner isn’t your bag, we get it. Try bullet journaling instead!

Author

  • Regardless of your age, sex, race, weight, nationality or financial situation, you can begin to affect change throughout your whole life by taking some very simple steps. A hint? It all starts in your head–and your heart. Project Blissful is a movement toward whole-life healing, growth and improvement. It’s more than a movement–it’s a real whole-life project that anyone can join and participate in at anytime.

(Visited 212 times, 1 visits today)

Get Guided Help with Your Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Subscribe and get a special email series from Angie – packed with free gifts to help you heal and evolve!

Where are you in your recovery?

 

Subscribe

We won’t send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.

Powered By ConvertKit

Award for Angie’s YouTube Channel

Disclosure – Click to Read

advertisement

You're not alone.

We have been there and we can help you heal.

Related Articles

Releasing Your Past to Choose Your Future After Narcissistic Abuse

Releasing Your Past to Choose Your Future After Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissistic abuse takes a lot from its victims: Our sense of self, our security, our trust and happiness, and sometimes even our memories. Often, when we finally break away from a toxic relationship with a narcissist (or any other abuser), we are left feeling like...

8 Powerful Self-Care Tips for Narcissistic Abuse Survivors

8 Powerful Self-Care Tips for Narcissistic Abuse Survivors

Survivor’s Guide to Self-Care: Highly Effective Tips for Survivors Narcissistic Abuse. These powerful, proven tips and tricks will make it easier for you to not only take care of yourself in the immediate but also work toward building a self-sufficient and healing lifestyle in the future.

When Your Partner Has C-PTSD

When Your Partner Has C-PTSD

Are you living with a partner who suffers from CPTSD? Are you struggling with C-PTSD yourself? Here’s everything you need to know, and exactly what you can do when you or your partner is suffering from C-PTSD.

Get Guided Help with Your Recovery & Stay Up to Date With The Latest News & Updates

Join the SPANily! Start with our free newsletter.

Subscribe and get a special email series from Angie - packed with free gifts to help you heal and evolve!

    Where are you in your recovery?
    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at any time.
    Powered By ConvertKit

    Pin It on Pinterest

    Share This

    Share this post with your friends!