Writing lists to help with anxiety

Some days my anxiety sets in with a mighty force and even the smallest of tasks feel like too much to bare. I find myself unable to leave the house and all the tasks, events and work I have to do have to take a backseat.

However, these daunting tasks are still circling round my head, making me more and more anxious. I can’t stop thinking about what I’m missing and how I should be doing them. I start to worry I will forget the tasks I have to do and it develops into a feeling of being crushed from the thought of having to deal with these unimaginable responsibilities while also struggling with the extreme fear and anxiety I have already going on.

One of the best coping mechanisms I’ve found when my anxiety sets in like this is to write a list of all the responsibilities and tasks I have to do.

This seems extremely simplistic but it is so helpful to just get everything in my head down somewhere I can physically look at them. By getting these thoughts out of my head and on to a physical piece of paper it relieves the stress of them caving in on me. It’s sort’ve like I am able to push them away and deal with them later as a result of removing them from my messy head.

Writing down all my worries makes them seem more manageable, I can plan out when to deal with them. This makes them seem less frightening and daunting. Ticking one task off at a time also helps in making me feel like I’ve accomplished something, no matter how small it is, and beat my anxiety.

Hopefully sharing this will help someone else in the same position as me feel the same! Do you guys ever use this method to relieve anxiety, or have any other methods to recommend? Let me know!

14 thoughts on “Writing lists to help with anxiety

  1. Liz says:

    I can certainly see it helps ease anxiety by writing lists, as I have read that it helps others too.

    For me, I have to write lists for the day, so I don’t forget. I have it on my coffee table as a visual reminder, on the days I may have several things to do, or think about.
    My brain has been so foggy, feeling forgetful and I guess it will ease any anxiety for me too, in the process. But it’s mainly because I am forgetting and so it helps to see it there.

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    • Aoife says:

      I often find myself writing lists for the day too as to not forget! I feel like when you’re going through a tough time mentally you often find yourself becoming forgetful as there is so much going on it is hard to focus, so it helps me in this way too! Thank you for tour comment it’s always interesting to here what works for everyone!

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  2. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com says:

    I’m like you… I have to keep lists at all times for everything I do. Hell, I even have a pen and post-its in my bathroom just in case I think of something that I fear won’t make it to the main list in my bedroom.
    I just read the piece that you submitted to “Mental Health @ Home” – Ashley’s site, and was so utterly moved by all the challenges you face on a day to day basis. You have such bravery and courage to get through every aspect of your day. You are truly an inspiration!!! 💗

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  3. V says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. Writing lists really helps to make me feel more in control when I’m having struggles with my anxiety, especially on the particularly bad days.


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