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Most of you know that I am struggling a little bit right now.
My therapist has given me some ideas about what to do to get through this tough time with my sweet kid.
The most amazing thing my doctor did?
She looked at how I work and cope, and structured my goals around my methods of coping.
Once she heard about my planner blog, she incorporated that directly into my therapy.
Yes, I have a valid doctor's excuse to plan my day in my planner!
She did recommend that I do my plan more than an hour before I go to bed at night, instead of as my last step in my nightly routine. That, she claims, will reduce my anxiety levels, as I will have a plan in place and time to get over worrying about tomorrow before I start getting ready for bed.
One other detail - she told me to get my journal out of my planner and into an actual paper notebook.
She is brilliant.
Having my planning and my anxiety log separate, even though just one ring-bound binder or notebook might be more convenient in the moment, means that my planner stays very practical and unassociated with my anxiety.
I picked out this journal as my calming notebook for several reasons.
I love the cover, with a typewriter and pencil cup. It also has a stretchy page marker band.
The paper feel is old-fashioned and deliciously scratchy. And when opened, this journal lies perfectly flat!
Finally, it's small, so I can bring it everywhere (just like my planner) and write through my anxieties whenever they hit me.
So far, I am loving grabbing a notebook when I freak out. Writing really does calm me and give me a focus on what I want to accomplish.
Yes, that sometimes means scribbling in the parking lot of the school while waiting to go in for a program with my kid.
So when you see the crazy lady writing in the front seat of her car, back away and pretend as if she hasn't had her coffee yet! Or, even better, buy her some coffee.
Seriously, Loyal Readers, consider separating your journal from your planner.
So far, this new system is proving to me that as happy as I am with my planner, I need to respect it as a tool for planning and use a different tool for my emotional outpourings.