How To Use a Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

Planner Squad loves to have our Squadettes share how they are using their planners.  It can be extremely helpful to discover how other planner girls creatively use their planners for function and fun.

Mayghan shares how her Happy Planner has helped her deal with some mental health and physical concerns.  Discover how she is using her planner to journal for therapy.  We greatly appreciate her willingness to allow us a sneak peek at her life and how planning has been a tremendous benefit to her overall well-being.

 

You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.

 

I have to preface this post by saying that I have never done a blog post, but I shall do my best. I apologize for how personal this post may be compared to the ones that you normally read about all things planner related. But, this journal template came about due to a personal situation, so I thought it best to give it it’s due.

Due to some crazy life experiences, I attended some therapy sessions this past summer. I’ve lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta since 2012, and was evacuated with 88,000 other people this summer during “The Beast” of a wildfire that swept through our city. The company I work for encouraged every Fort McMurray employee to go to therapy if they needed it, and they would cover 4 sessions.

I still didn’t know if my home was standing or not (it turned out to be fine, there wasn’t even any smoke damage).  Also, I’ve had a chronic pain issue (pelvic floor injury) for 9 years and residual issues from an unprovoked bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism on Christmas of 2014.  I figured it would be a good time to “check under the hood” so to speak. 

 

Find out how you can use customized inserts in your Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

Using My Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

The first thing the therapist wanted me to do was to begin keeping a journal. She wanted to track my:

  • Emotional State
  • Mental State
  • Physical Activity
  • Pain Levels

I love the IDEA of journaling l for therapy but have never been able to make the habit stick.

I went back to my boss’s house (where I was staying during the evacuation) and sat down and thought. I had just recently purchased my first Mambi Happy Planner and was loving it, and I had seen templates online. But, nothing seemed to fit what I was looking for. 

So, I decided to make one for myself. I turned it into a nice little 8-page booklet using 2 8 ½” x 11” pieces of paper, printed them on both sides, and folded them in half. I even made a cover page, so I could keep track of which week it belonged to. And after I used my Mambi hole punch, it easily slipped into place in my planner.

 

Check out how to use a Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

 

I think I really surprised the therapist the next week when I returned. But, she loved it and encouraged me to continue the way that I was going.

My goal is that once I have several months worth of entries, I will take each category and put it into a spreadsheet to see the pattern. (If there is any interest in learning more about how to do this, let us know in the comments below!)

My activity and stress levels always increase my pain, so it will be interesting to see how that correlates on a graph. It will also be interesting to see how my emotional state corresponds with it. 

 

Learn about using a customized insert to journal for therapy in your Happy Planner by Mambi.

 

For the first time in my life, I’m actually consistently using a journal. I don’t feel pressure to write paragraph upon paragraph anymore. Just a few quick sentences and I’m good until the next day! 

 

 

You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.

 

Click on the Image Below to Download Your FREE Printable Journal Insert!

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How would you benefit from using a journal for therapy?  

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Mayghan Poirier

My name is Mayghan Poirier, and I just recently turned 30. I work as a branch administrator in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I’m originally from the east coast of Canada. I’m an introvert that majored in Psychology in university. An INTJ according to the Myers Briggs, for those interested. I have border line OCD, which is one of the reasons I love planning so much. I get anxious if I don’t have some sort of plan. To Do Lists are my life! I’m a big gamer, I love RPG’s. I think that’s because I’m also an obsessive reader, and RPG’s feel like a novel come to life. One where I control how it plays out. Like those Choose Your Own Adventure Books I used to read when I was little! I’ve always wanted to be artistic, and using my Mambi Planner is one of the first times in my life I feel like I’m succeeding in doing so. I wish I had discovered it years ago!

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Comments

  1. I love this idea – I’m recovering from a back injury and just now able to start training on my bike again. I’m slowly adding miles (only doing 30 miles at a time right now), and this will help me to see my recovery and strength gain.

    However….I can’t find the image to be able to download the file?

    Thanks in advance!!

  2. I love this idea, I too deal with chronic pain along with PTSD & Major Depression. I’d love to achieve something this nice. I will be having to have another back surgery & I’m dreading it. I’ll be 50 in Oct. I’m just so tired of trying to deal & cope with this pain. I worked in the medical field. I had an obese patient that weighed over 800lbs. This injury occurred in 2002. Had back surgery. Now it being 2017, I can’t stand long enough to wash dishes. Scale 1 to 10 I’m @ a 10 constantly. I’m all cried out. I have no more tears to shed. Just wanted you to know, I love this idea you’ve created. Tfs

  3. I’m trying to figure out how to save it as an editable document. When I download it, it’s a jpg file. Could you help?

  4. what a great idea. I can empathize with you Mayghan, I have 2 chronic illnesses, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia and suffer from PTSD after the death of my partner. I have been looking for a way to track my illnesses, pain levels, and mental health for a long time but nothing has really worked for me. I tried journalling but I never kept it up. I never thought to use my happy planner to keep track.
    Thak you for sharing your story and for sharing your wonderful idea.

  5. I love this idea and went right away to DL the printable but the only file in the zip is a jpg? The PDF in the zip talks about the copyright but there is no PDF or word file for the printable. And try as I may, I wasn’t able to do a single thing with the JPG that made it work for my classic HP.

  6. I have tried several times to sign up, and I have still not received anything with a password to download the therapy tool. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong, or if you could send it to me, (password or printable – looking at the therapy one) because seeing it and not being able to access it is very frusterating.

    TIA

  7. This idea is great and I like your insert. I struggle with severe pain due to a fused spine (scoliosis diagnosed at 12 yrs and spinal fusion of the thoracic and lumbar regions) and complications after a car accident (fused spine not related to accident.), I also, struggle with (diagnosed) major depression & dysthymia, along with a few other health issues, including severe migraines and headaches. I know I should write down my pain levels, where the pain is, my stress levels, and my emotional levels, yet it has always seemed to time consuming. With your inserts, I should be able to write a quick sentence and circle a number and be down within a few minutes. Thank You!

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  1. […] Guest writer on Planner Squad, Mayghan Poirier, shared a therapy journal layout that she created after her therapist recommended she start journaling. I love how it has a small section for notes for each topic, easy to complete level scales, and a clean layout. Learn more about her experience on Planner Squad. […]

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