7 Ways to Plan Out Your Day to Feel Less Stressed

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
December 02, 2022

Meeting work deadlines. Paying bills on time. Tackling the dirty laundry pile. Shopping for and cooking dinner. Life’s daily demands are enough to make anyone feel stressed or overwhelmed. But taking steps to manage your personal day-to-day stressors may help you feel more in control.

Not sure where to start? Adding structure to each day can be a great first step.

“Human beings love structure,” says Josh Briley, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist based in Texas and a fellow of the American Institute of Stress. “We rebel against it sometimes, but we definitely need structure to know when something’s going to happen and how long we expect it to last.”