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 peak at her life and how planning has been a tremendous benefit to her overall well-being.
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.
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.
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.
What made this more fun for me is that I have had several people love it, but asked me to tweak it to suit their needs. One friend of mine asked me to remove the Pain section and replace it with a Meals of the Day section. It’s so easy to change the titles to whatever you want to track.
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 download this as a pdf if you wish, but it’s probably best to download it in a word file so you can change the titles to something that works for you. If you don’t like the emotion labels that I put in, change them!
Don’t like the colour? Easy to change! I just chose purple because it’s my favourite colour.
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How would you benefit from using a journal for therapy?