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Depression Health Center

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Daily Activity Planner for Depression Recovery

Does depression keep you from feeling in control of your days? Many people find that setting up a routine can help with their symptoms. So try to get on a schedule.

Below is a planner that you can use to map out your day. It's also like a journal that helps you track your mood. Plus, you can compare what you planned to do with what you actually did.

After a few weeks, you might see patterns that you never noticed before. For instance, you might find that you feel worse at one time of the day or during a particular activity. It could also show you the things that tend to make you feel anxious.

Once you start seeing trends like these, you can prepare more for the times when you might feel depressed. That way, you can make a plan to deal with them or avoid them altogether.

DIRECTIONS: In the first column, plan what you want to do tomorrow. Then, tomorrow night, fill out the remaining three columns. Did you do what you intended? How did you feel during each time? Did anything happen that might have affected your mood? For instance, did you get into an argument with a friend? Did you start thinking about things that made you anxious?


  Fill out the night before Fill out at the end of the day
  What you plan to do What you actually did
if it differs from what you planned
Your mood during this time on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (great) Triggers, events, or thoughts that might have affected your mood
Early Morning
(Waking time until 10am)
Late Morning
Early Afternoon
Late Afternoon
(8pm until bedtime)

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on December 14, 2015

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