Do Planners Help Reduce Anxiety? – Mental Health Monday

It’s no secret that I have been an anxiety ridden person pretty much since I was a kid. Since I’ve lived this life for quite sometime, I’ve picked up on the things that make me feel a little more at ease and more organized. When heading into this new school year, I had one big question; Do planners help reduce anxiety?

While a few searches didn’t yield any official studies on whether or not that is the case, I can attest to my personal experiences. If I can plan out my week on paper, I know what to expect. When I know what to expect, I tend to feel better. Easy as pie, right? Sometimes, I suppose. Anxiety can be an unpredictable illness to live with, but having the things you can predict down on paper can be a big help to me personally.

For me, there’s more than a few factors that go into my selection of the *perfect* planner. Paper planner? Online planner? There seems to be a literal ocean of choices. My sister actually reached out to me within the last week about which planner to get, because there are so many options out there to pick from. There is a perfect planner out there for you, you just have to dig around and search for the best possible option for you.

 

Where Can I Find the Perfect Planner?

 

This is a bit of a loaded question. You can scour the internet for planners, search all of amazon, and still come up on the empty handed side. One big deal about picking your planner is needing to be able to see the setup on the inside. Sure, there are tons of cute looking planners, but if there is nowhere to write all your lovely information, what’s the point?

Planners come in a number of different formats. Monthly planners, daily planners, calendars, some planners will hold recipes. There are literally endless options. My best suggestion on the planner search is to go out to a craft store or book store, and get your hands on some to see what they are like. Believe it or not, there are so many little details that can make it all easier to use in the long run.

I pick my planner up at Michael’s. They also have a ton of stickers, planner pens, and other things you might want there. You can be as minimalistic or as zany as you’d like! That’s half the fun I think! I like to decorate my planner with stickers, little markers for school project due dates, and special stickers for doctor’s appointments and other events.

 

 

Above is my current planner! I love all the fun colors, the tabs for each month, and all the space! Plus, the rings on the side that bind the pages together are very sturdy! I plan on decorating the planner even further, because there is so much room to decorate and personalize! The back cover is the same print, and again, tons of room to personalize!

 

How Can I Personalize My Planner?

 

You can personalize it however you like! I prefer to buy planner sticker packs, because they make decorating a ton easier. I like the Happy Planner sticker packs (look for coupons!) as well as some nice colored pens so I can color code my life all down to a tee. Tons of sellers on etsy also make stickers, and you can buy them for literally anything you could possibly want!

 

 

My planner has tons of space to write out everything I need, as well as put cute decorations and stickers! If you run out of space, you can always write over the stickers too. Most of the stickers from Happy Planner are paper, so you never have to worry about decorating too much!

Do I Need A Paper Planner?

 

Again, it’s up to you! I usually have a paper planner, as well as a google calendar so that I can get away with leaving the paper copy at home when I want to carry a smaller bag. Google calendars can send you notifications before you have due dates, remind you of your appointments. You can also color code everything so you know what everything is at a glance!

How you use your planner is up to you! All I can say is that using my planner has helped to make my life so much more at ease, and I think that it would be good for anyone to try out!

Do you use a planner? Which kind? Let me know in the comment section below!

XOXO

Em

10 thoughts on “Do Planners Help Reduce Anxiety? – Mental Health Monday

  1. Kay says:

    I’m a planner gal myself! I love to write things down.. but my iCal saves me during the times where I don’t have my planner with me. I definitely feels like it helps keep my anxiety levels low when I have a good plan in place.

  2. I have a planner, but I don’t use it very often. I prefer to write lists of things I have to do, and check them off. However, I may treat myself to a planner one of these days. πŸ™‚ P.S: Your planner looks beautiful! πŸ™‚

  3. mary says:

    I feel more productive with a paper planner I feel more .. boss like when I do. I will say If you always change your mind write it in pencil lol found that out the hard way!

  4. Jenn says:

    I did find that writing things down helped out things into perspective for me. It’s less anxiety inducing for sure !

  5. Luci says:

    I haven’t used an actually planner since I was in school. But I do like to have my scheduled plan, I don’t like a spur of the moment event.

  6. I love having a pretty planner that is fun to pull out and use! I agree that using a planner can definitely help reduce stress and anxiety, since you don’t have to remember everything at once!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

  7. E. Smith says:

    I agree with you, planners can help you get a handle on what you have to complete in a week, and help you to properly space and plan things out, rather than get stuck in your head stressing about everything. If you have an assigned day/time, it helps your mind be but at ease that you will take care of things in their due time.

  8. I TOTALLY think planners and lists reduce anxiety! If I have alot to do and it’s just all “out there” without being put to paper I feel totally overwhelmed. The second I can see it on paper it seems doable!

  9. Hannah says:

    I use the Happy Planner! I LOVE how customizable it is and that I can remove/add pages or other inserts. I totally believe planners help reduce anxiety!

    Hannah Rooks | therookiewife.com

  10. yinka says:

    I have a planner and i couldn’t imagine life without it. It helps me feel at ease and in control.

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