If you have ever told anyone to relax about planning things because you thought they were going to drive themselves crazy, you might want to rethink that strategy for next time. That is because research supports the idea that scheduling and planning everything is actually good for your health. Read more to find out why.
Why can scheduling and planning out the events in your life, essentially being more organized, actually be good for your health? It is actually very simple. When you feel as though you are in control of your life, the stress hormone levels in your body are lowered.
Stress hormones can be responsible or influence a number of health-related issues, especially for women. Stress hormones can bring on asthma attacks, stimulate hair loss, cause abdominal fat, lower your immunity, cause high blood pressure, increase your risk for heart attack and stroke and of course, lead you to panic attacks and other nervous system disorders.
Think about the last time you were late to a meeting or completely forgot about something that you absolutely had to do? Most likely, you felt very stressed about the event. Planning and scheduling has the added benefit of eliminating that form of post stress as well.
So, if you want to lower those stress hormones, spend a few minutes a day with a planner or organizer, or simple make a list of the things that you want to accomplish. Envision the items being checked off the list.
For things in your life that you just can’t control, you’ll just have to understand that there is nothing you can do and let those things go.
There are many tools out there to help you schedule and plan, from paper planners to electronic calendars with alarms. Try a combination of different tools to find out which ones work best for you.