Your Free Printable February Calendar
It’s that time of the month again, when I release another printable calendar. I have to admit, I’m starting to think I need two calendars on my fridge: one for the current month and one for the coming month. I’ve got lots going on in February, so my family and I keep wishing we already had that February calendar up on the fridge.
As usual, you can acess this February calendar by clicking on the link below. However, if you’d like a one-stop shop for all my printables (mental health, social anxiety, and otherwise), be sure to sign up for my resource library. You’ll then be given a password to access the page where I keep links to all the downloads. It makes it so much easier to find what you want! (And also, if there’s something you want but don’t see, let me know!)
As I always do, I’m including in this post the dates you’ll want to keep in mind as we move through February in terms of your mental health. There are lots of good mental-health related observances in this month, so I’m excited to tell you about them all.
Mental Health Dates
All right, here we go! Here is a list of each of the mental-health specific dates that fall in February. Instead of discussing each of them here, I’m going to run through the list in the section that follows, tell you a bit about each of them, and how you can use them as a jumping off point to work on your mental health in February.
- February 6 – Time to Talk Day
- February 11 – Make a Friend Day
- February 16 – Do a Grouch a Favor Day
- February 26 – Pink Shirt Day
- all month – National Friendship Month
- second week (Feb 16-23, 2020) – Random Acts of Kindness Week
Other February Dates
There are of course some other dates of note in February that I’ve listed below. This year is also a leap year, so we get one extra day in the month. In general February is very much focused on friendship, love, kindness, and preventing bullying, which are all great things to work on if you have social anxiety.
- February 2 – Groundhog Day
- February 14 – Valentine’s Day
- February 29 – Leap Day (once every four years)
Time to Talk Day
The goal of Time to Talk Day is to get people talking about mental health in order to help change lives. Although one in four people live with mental health issues, most of those people feel isolated or ashamed because of their illness.
Time to Talk Day encourages being open about your mental health as well as listening to the stories of other people. I think the best way to participate in this day is by staying aware of those around you and the stories they might not be sharing. Be a good listener and you might be surprised what you learn.
Make a Friend Day (+ National Friendship Month)
February 11 is Make a Friend Day and the whole month of February is National Friendship month. Make a Friend Day is an unofficial holiday that encourages everyone to think about their current social connections and work on making new ones. Which friendships have you lost touch with or been ignoring? What potential new friendships have you failed to see?
Try to step a bit outside your comfort zone today and meet someone new or work on turning an casual acquaintance into a friend. Say hi to new people, attend events where there will be people you don’t know, and aim to be open and friendly to new situations.
Do a Grouch a Favor Day (+Random Acts of Kindness Week)
Do you know somone who is in a funk or seems grouchy all the time? On February 16th you can help them out by doing them a favor. If you see a grumpy person, give them a wide smile. If you know someone is struggling, take them out for lunch or bring them a special treat.
Pink Shirt Day
February 26th is Pink Shirt Day. This holiday has a special origin that makes it all the more meaningful. Back in 2007, a group of teenage boys organized a protest at their high school by wearing pink to support a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for doing the same thing (wearing a pink shirt). The boys distributed pink tank tops to all of the boys at their school, and the bullying stopped that day.
Imagine that! What a wonderful story of how bystanders can step in and take action without it leading to a confrontation. If you are being bullied or know someone who is being bullied, I encourage you to wear a pink shirt on this day and to share this story so that others will as well. It’s a wonderful day to observe.
Pink Shirt Day went on to receive worldwide support and participation, and countries around the world share their support for this observance.
Okay, so this isn’t a mental health holiday but it’s certainly a fun day of the year. Groundhog day is celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2nd.
It has it’s origins in the superstition held by the Pennsylvania Dutch community that if a groundhog emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow that day (due to clear weather), then that meant that he would go back into his den and winter would last for 6 more weeks.
On the other hand, if he did not see his shadow because of it being cloudy outside, then it is said that Spring will arrive early. Although it’s a fun tradition, there’s no evidence of the groundhog being right more often than chance (yes, I’m trying to be serious here).
Anyhoo, if you want to get involved in Groundhog day just for the fun of it, you can watch the news reports, bring it up in conversation with others, and generally just be aware of this fun holiday.
Finally, we have Valentine’s Day, what February is most famous for. If you find yourself alone on Valentine’s Day, try to see it as an opportunity to work on yourself. And if you’re not alone, be sure to celebrate with the one you love and give them a gift that supports their mental health.