Making decisions can be difficult. Whether big or small, the decisions we make often affect not only our own lives, but the lives of others. For those who struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues, or who have suffered a brain injury decision making can become increasingly problematic.
If you are struggling with decision making, we recommend using our free printable decision maker to help you thoroughly weigh the options and help you reach the best conclusion.
For each decision you need to make, simply list the pros and cons of deciding YES vs deciding NO.
Pain is a common occurrence following an injury, illness, or traumatic event like a motor vehicle accident. While pain does play an important role in alerting us to potential dangers, injury, or an impending problem, it can also become a significant barrier to function as it can often continue long after the dangerous situation resolves.
Chronic pain is difficult to treat and manage because of all the different factors that contribute to its intensity, frequency, and the many variables that can make it better or worse. Stress, depression, feelings of loss of control, pressures at work or home, and other mental or emotional factors affect pain perception.
Occupational Therapists often recommend keeping track of the intensity of your pain and the activities and/or variables which may have contributed. Use this printable pain diary to help you and your healthcare provider monitor and manage your chronic pain.
If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, SAD or simply the “winter blues” being aware of your feelings, thoughts, emotions and overall mood can help you to understand and cope. The following printable “Mood Diary” will help you to track when you are feeling a certain emotion, the intensity of it, the situational aspects and the effectiveness of your coping mechanisms. Doing so will give you and your healthcare professionals a better understanding of the problem.
Now that you’ve set goals for the year ahead using our SMART Goal Planning worksheet, let’s delve deeper into how to achieve these goals by looking at barriers and facilitators towards success. While a barrier is something that may stand in the way of you achieving your goal, such as time or budget constraints, a facilitator is something that can help you, such as a helpful friend or professional.
Considering the goals you’ve set take time to look at the barriers and how you will overcome these and the facilitators you can utilized to help you reach your goal using our printable worksheets.
To assist you with your goal and resolution planning for the year ahead we present the SMART Goal Planner. In our previous post, The Complete Guide to New Year’s Resolution Success, we discussed the need to create a SMART goal. Which means a goal should be:
Use this printable worksheet to help you create and achieve your SMART goals in 2017!
As we discussed in an earlier post, the Holiday Season Survival Guide, December is a stressful time of year. Many of our survival strategies include proper planning and organization. Use the following FREE printable Holiday Gift Planner to help you stay organized and on track this Holiday Season.
In our post from earlier this week, How Stress is Affecting Your Health, we discussed an important and often overlooked piece of the health puzzle: stress. Though some stress is natural and can actually be helpful, when too much stress begins to affect you on a daily basis it can become damaging to your health.
Use our following FREE printable worksheet to help you identify stressors, your reactions and to come up with solutions to help you cope.
Energy is like a currency, we only have so much of it and need to spend it wisely throughout our day. Conserving energy during small tasks throughout the day helps to save needed energy for important, meaningful daily activities. If energy is a precious resource to you, planning ahead with the help of the following checklist will help you conserve as much energy as possible throughout your day.
The following FREE printable will help you to identify which activities have high, medium and low energy costs and can help you to plan your days and weeks to balance your overall energy expenditure.
Many people who have been injured, are chronically ill or are aging have multiple recurring appointments each month with Doctors, specialists, lawyers and more. It can be difficult for the person and their caregivers to keep track of these. Our FREE printable Upcoming Appointment Tracker will help to ensure your appointments are easily scheduled and never missed.