Back in October 2017 I shared a post called 5 Things That Help Me With My Mental Health. What I talked about in that post are all still things that I do now to get me through my day to day life. I thought it was about time I spoke about how organisation impacts my mental health and how focusing on becoming more organised has improved my life drastically!
3 out of the 5 things in that post were all focused around being organised, so it’s no surprise that organisation is my personal key to a relatively stress and anxiety free day. As the title of this blog post suggests, this is something that benefits my mental health and of course, is not an outright “cure” for any mental health problem, but I’m sure you know that.
I’ve not spoken much about my own mental health for a while on the blog, not in great lengths anyway, but to cut a long story short, I recently went back on medication to help manage my anxiety and depression and am hopefully starting a new course of therapy soon. The last few months have been pretty rough and the biggest help has been changing my attitude towards organisation and how much it deeply impacts my day to day life and even my thoughts.
Having a small child can definitely make your organisation skills go to pot, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t try your best to keep on top of, well, life! That might sound easier said than done, and it does take some perseverance and dedication, but it’s really helping me to change my life around.
So how is it that I’m getting myself more organised and how is it benefiting me and my mental health? Firstly, having a bullet journal. I’ve had date diaries and journals of sorts for as long as I can remember and in recent years I’ve seen the rise in popularity of the bullet journal. I’ve contemplated the idea of starting one so many times but it’s not been until recently that I’ve actually given it a go and I absolutely love it.
I like having my month laid out in front of me, so of course every month I sit down and write out a monthly spread(as the cool kids call it) and write in any important dates for that month. Being able to see the entire month in one space really helps me to clearly see what we’re up to. That might sound obvious, but sometimes with a week to view diary I would suddenly get to a new week and realise that we had so much on that week and feel totally unprepared.
Another great thing about this bullet journalling lark is that it’s encouraging me to actually journal in the old fashion sense. Every night I sit down and write out a little about my day, how I’m feeling etc. This helps me to get anything off of my chest before I go to bed so that I don’t go to bed with everything pent up in my mind.
Little Book of Lists
I’ve always loved a list. I’m constantly making lists and it honestly keeps me sane most days. I decided to name one of my notebooks my little book of lists. Every morning I’ll write a list of all the things that I’d like to get done that day. This includes everything from having a shower to cleaning the bathroom, writing a new blog post and going to the supermarket. Through the day, I cross off the things I’ve completed. Sometimes it’s difficult to acknowledge how much you’ve accomplished in a mere 12 hours, but having everything written out like that really helps me to feel like I have my sh*t together, even if I haven’t crossed absolutely everything off of said list.
This can also help me with feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes I might wake up on a morning and feel ridiculously overwhelmed with the thought of all I have to do that day, but when I actually write it out, it makes it all feel more manageable.
Accepting That Not Everything Will Always Get Done
This might sound like a bit of a contradiction, and in a way I suppose it is, but accepting that I only have so many hours in one day that I might not be able to tick everything off of my to do list every day has really helped me to relax a little more and leave me feeling less anxious. Having goals and to-do’s is great and I highly recommend it, but also remembering that you are only one human and that some days you might just tick one thing off your list, and that’s okay!
Do you feel that being more organised benefits your mental health? Do you journal? I’d love to know your thoughts on this!