Anxiety/ Depression, Planning and Me

I thought I would use this blog post to introduce myself.

My name is Hayley and I am a mum of two Noah aged 6 and Florence who is one, wife to my amazing hubby Rob and a planner addict. I am still really new to the planning community and I have got to say I am very impressed at what I have seen so far.
I have just started a YouTube channel called a Girl Loves a Plan as well as this blog where I will be showing hauls, plan with me’s and all things planner related. Please feel free to check it out here and subscribe. I’d be ever so grateful and am always open to suggestions on videos.

This post really got me thinking who I am as a person and since having children I feel I have lost that along the way. I used to be such a confident person but now the thought of meeting new people terrifies me. Writing this blog and setting up a YouTube channel is a massive step and planning has allowed me and given me the confidence to do so.

It got the cogs whirring though as I sit here writing and planning my week. I suffer from anxiety and find planning calms me down and keeps me on track. After joining a few groups on Facebook and Instagram I have noticed a lot of us have some sort of anxiety, depression or mental illness. So it got me thinking why we all chose planning?

I love the fact something so silly to others can help so many people and we can all talk about it openly. Would we be able to do that in a non planning community? After all we are all strangers really. It is so nice to see so many people help and reassure one another.

Due to people being so nice and friendly I plucked up the courage to go to my first planner meet in Manchester. The girls were so nice and all very welcoming putting me at ease straight away. Was it because we all shared a common interest that I felt  so relaxed? Whatever it was I’m so glad I found out about the planning community and it can help so many people. Long may it continue and I would recommend to anyone.

So how has planning helped you? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression but don’t plan? Why not try it and see what difference can bring to your life. I would love to hear some of you stories.


  1. I will be going to have a look at your YouTube channel x