You may not know what is causing your
stress, exactly how your body responds to stress, or
how you cope with stress. To find out, use a journal to keep track of each time
you feel stressed. Write down:
Here's a sample of what a stress journal might look like.
Kids not getting ready for school
Felt tightness in stomach, yelled at them
Had a doughnut when I got to work
Late for meeting with supervisor
Tight stomach, fear about performance review
Talked with Janet about it and felt better
Copier broke down again
Headache, snapped at Bill to call repair person
Call from sister about her divorce interrupted my
Headache got worse
Daydreamed about trip to Hawaii
Meeting ran overtime, couldn't leave at 5:00
Headache still there, neck begins to ache
Went out for a few drinks with colleagues
The more notes you take, the more you can learn about your stress
patterns. Keeping the journal for 1 to 2 weeks is best, although taking notes
for even 1 or 2 days can be helpful.
April 20, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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