An October Calendar You Can Print for Free
Are you looking for an October calendar you can print out?
Most businesses provide their customers with a free calendar that they can use throughout the year, so I thought I would do the same. I thought about adding in some mental health awarenss dates but instead left this calendar blank for the time being.
If you’d like to add in those types of dates, let me know in the comments! I plan to make a calendar page each month that you can print for free, so I’d love to make sure they are as useful for you as possible.
As a side note, these are the mental health awareness dates you might want to jot down for October:
- October 6 to 12 – Mental Illness Awareness Week
- October 10 – World Mental Health Day
- October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
And, these are the other dates in October that you might want to jot down on your calendar, depending on where you are in the world:
- Oct 14 – Thanksgiving (Canada) (second Monday in October)
- Oct 31 – Halloween
How can you use a calendar to help your mental health and manage social anxiety? I thought I’d list some of the potential benefits below.
Track a Goal
In addition to using a calendar to keep track of your appointments, you could also use it to keep track of a goal related to your mental health. For example, you could write down an exercise goal for each day or some other action you want to track (such as drinking water or developing a positive habit like using positive affirmations).
Keep Track of Birthdays
Write down the dates of birthdays of all the important people in your life, so that you can get a head start on planning to do something nice for them. Whether that’s buying a gift or making plans to go out for lunch, remembering birthdays is a good way to push your social anxiety a bit and extend yourself.
As a Diary
Are you wanting to have a written record of what you did in the past? You could use a printable calendar to keep track of anything such as your overall mood, things that you did, or a medication or list of doctor appointments. All of these things can be critical to your mental health and are important to track.
As a School Schedule
Skip this if you’re not a student, but if you are, you can print out a set of calendar pages and put them in a binder to keep track of assignments, tests, and upcoming presentations. While this won’t help with test anxiety or a public speaking phobia, keeping track of what’s coming up and doing the necessary work in advance will help you to stay confident that you’ve prepared as well as you could.
To Track Exposures
Are you planning to use graduated exposure to challenge your social anxiety? This involves gradually facing the things you fear starting with the smallest and working up to the most fear-inducing. You can do this in real life or by just imagining doing these things in your head. A calendar is a good way to stay accountable and actually follow through on the exposures that you plan.
This might not sound like much fun (to me it certainly doesn’t), but you can also use a printable calendar to keep track of your finances. How does this benefit your mental health and social anxiety? It’s just one less thing to worry about if you have it under control. Lately I’m realizing that time is money and money is time; the more organized you are with your money (and things, for that matter), the more time and freedom you will have to do things in your life that you enjoy.
What do you think? Whether you’re planning to use this calendar printable to track a goal, keep track of birthdays, as a diary, as a school schedule, to track exposures, or to manage your finances, I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. If you think of another way it might help your mental health, I’d love for you to share in the comments!