Your Free Printable April Calendar
It’s nearly April, and time for a new calendar printable. During times of stress and anxiety, it can be easy to let routines fall by the wayside and get too caught up to stick to a schedule/calendar.
But, sticking to your normal routines is actually one of the best ways to keep your mind calm and feel more grounded. As always, this calendar is available as a free printable right from this post. No need to sign up for my newsletter, unless of course you have social anxiety and want other free printables. If so, just fill out the box at the top or bottom of this post, to access my free resource library.
As I do each month, I’m including all the important mental health dates, as well as regular holidays in the post below. This is to help you focus on your mental health in different ways throughout the month.
It’s a fairly short list of mental health dates in April, and most of these are not directly related to social anxiety.
- April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
- All month – Stress Awareness Month
- All month – National Autism Awareness Month
- All month – Alcohol Awareness Month
Other April Dates
It’s also a pretty light month in terms of holidays, though there are some significant ones like Good Friday and Easter. Where I live, this means a long weekend. April Fool’s day also falls in April (of course!). It’s also National Card and Letter Writing Month.
- April 1 – April Fool’s Day
- April 10 – Good Friday
- April 12 – Easter Sunday
- April 13 – Easter Monday
- All month – National Card and Letter Writing Month
World Autism Awareness Day/National Autism Awareness Month
There is some overlap between autism and social anxiety, and so I thought it was important to include here. Many people who are on the autism spectrum struggle with social interactions, though often the issue is different than those who have social anxiety.
It’s also been said that people with autism actually communicate in a different way, and have no trouble understanding each other in social interactions, but have difficulty when interacting with neurotypicals.
Stress Awareness Month
Are you feeling particularly stressed this month? Well, it’s stress awareness month, so this is a good month to focus on different ways to reduce your stress. If you already live with anxiety, events happening in the world that are outside your control can make that anxiety worse.
What are some things you can do for stress awareness month? Little things like tracking your daily stress level, eating healthy food, getting regular exercise, and practicing mindfulness can help.
Alcohol Awareness Month
Some people with social anxiety may turn to alcohol to cope, and some of those may end up with substance abuse problems. Alcohol awareness month highlights this problem and the dangers of abusing alcohol as a way to cope.
April Fool’s Day
April Fool’s day is the one day of the year when you can get away with pulling a prank on someone and not have it seem like an oddity. As with any times of stress, lightening the mood in what seems like frivolous ways can actually help to lessen your anxiety and be a distraction. So if your anxiety is getting the better of you right now, start planning an epic April Fool’s Day prank to take your mind off things.
For those who celebrate Easter, this is an important holiday that nearly always falls in April. It’s generally a time of family get-togethers and attending services, so there are lots of social obligations around this time of year. If you live with social anxiety or are isolated for other reasons, you might find yourself lonely during Easter.
As with any other holiday, the best way to combat feeling lonely is to either pretend it’s just any other day of the year, focus on things that you can do alone to enjoy the day, or find ways to connect with others through whatever means possible.
How about you, how will you be spending Easter this year? I know that many right now are experiencing stress, and holidays might be the last thing on your mind. However, these annual rituals can help to bring us all together and remind us of what matters most—focusing on feeling grateful for what we have. I also have tips for spending Easter alone, if that is your situation this year.