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 coworkers
Look over your notes to learn how often you are
feeling stressed and how you are coping.
Did you find that there were certain times of the day when you are more stressed? What was going on during those times?
Were your reactions related more to thoughts, like worrying, or were they more physical, like headaches?
Did you notice that certain people or certain situations triggered your stress?
Which ways of
coping with stress work best, and which ones don't work or have other effects you don't like?
The more notes you write down, the more you can learn about your stress
patterns. Tracking your stress for 1 to 2 weeks is best. But taking notes
even for 1 or 2 days can be helpful. If you are seeing a doctor or a therapist to help manage your stress, consider sharing your record with him or her. It will give your doctor important information to help you manage your stress.