Your Free Printable March Calendar
Here we go with the new March calendar printable! I’ve been itching to get this one done because I like to have my new calendar up on my fridge and ready to start writing important dates on before the previous month ends.
As always, this printable is available as a free download (you don’t even need to give your email address!) However, if you’d like more printables like this, you can find all of them inside my social anxiety resource library, which you can sign up for at the top or bottom of this post.
As usual, I’ve included important dates this month related to mental health or special observances so that you can keep them in mind as we go through the month. I’ll try to post about them on social media too, so be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instgram.
Mental Health Dates
Here’s the list of mental-health related dates for March. You’ll notice a general theme of happiness for the month of March, given that it is Optimism Month.
- March 1 – Self Injury Awareness Day
- March 5 – University Mental Health Day
- March 2-8 – Eating Disorders Awareness Week
- March 20 – International Day of Happiness
- second week – Read an E-book Week
- third week – Act Happy Week
- all month – Optimism Month
Other March Dates
And here is the list of other dates of note in March. This month we move into daylight savings time (for those in areas that have this), we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, and we observe the first day of spring (and hopefully the end of snow, for those in the North like me).
- March 8 – Daylight Savings Begins
- March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
- March 19 – Start of Spring (Spring Equinox)
Self Injury Awareness Day
Some people who live with social anxiety, particularly those who have faced bullying or abuse, may engage in self injury. Self Injury Awareness Day is aimed at helping those who live with self injury to feel less alone.
If you’d like to help raise awareness, LifeSigns (the Self Injury Awareness & Support Network) has a list of actions that you can take including sharing an awarenesss video, putting up an awareness poster, sharing awareness images on social media, wearing a wristband, or giving policy guidelines to your school, college, or workplace.
University Mental Health Day
University Mental Health Day is all about promoting mental health on university campuses. If you are a student living with social anxiety, then you may wish to participate in this day. You can get involved by joining the online movement, running or participating in events on your campus, sharing on social media, fundraising, or lobbying senior management to improve their mental health strategy.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is all about raising awareness for eating disorders and supporting those living with an eating disorder. Some people with social anxiety will also live with an eating disorder, and often, eating in public is a huge struggle for those with social anxiety.
International Day of Happiness
The theme for International Day of Happiness in 2020 is “Happier Together” which is all about focusing on what you have in common with other people rather than what divides your from other people. If you are interested in learning more, Day of Happiness has lots of resources to get you started.
Read an e-book Week
Don’t miss this one! If you’d like to learn more about the story behind Read an e-book Week, you’ll learn that it was started by one woman in Manitoba, Canada looking to grow awareness about e-books through the collective power of authors. What this means for you as a reader is that there are a whole lot of ebooks available for FREE during this week.
Act Happy Week
Act Happy Week is just what it sounds like; the encouragement to act happy even if you’re not feeling it on the inside. Sometimes our mood dictates our actions, but sometimes our actions can dictate our mood. Try smiling for the week instead of frowning, and see if you notice any change in your mood.
The whole month of March is dedicated to optimism and being optimistic. If you live with social anxiety, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of negative thinking and eventual depression. This month, I encourage you instead to try putting a spin on negative situations to try and find the silver lining. One small way to get started with this is to watch your negative thinking patterns.
I don’t have much to say about Daylight Savings other than to be careful on this day. The clocks will be moving forward, which means that we will all be losing an hour of sleep. Quite honestly it’s my least favorite day of the year, since I struggle with insomnia (and as a result, waking up) and any time change makes things harder.
Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is generally a jovial holiday with leprechauns and everything green. It’s a good holiday to be social for sure, so if you’re looking for an excuse to get together with friends or go out to eat at a restaurant, this holiday is a good day for this.
First Day of Spring
For those in the Northern Hemisphere like me, you’ll be happy that it is the start of spring this month. The change into spring generally means more time spent outside, which can also mean more chances for social encounters. Try going out for a daily walk if you haven’t been doing that through the winter months. You’ll probably see some neighbors, so it’s a good chance to get used to the more social months of summer that are to come.