A stress journal can help you identify regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stress, keep track of it in your journal. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes. Think of something that is stressing you out now. Here is an example. What is the issue? Money is tight. By the end of the month I don’t have enough money for groceries and I can’t send my kids to school with lunch. Often I keep them out and we go to the Women’s Centre for lunch. That means I can’t go to school either.
How do you feel both physically and emotionally? It makes me feel sick to my stomach that I can’t feed my children properly. I get very anxious and depressed. I also get worried that I will be kicked out of school.
How do you act in response to this stress? I often get angry that I can’t support my family better. I sometimes yell at my kids or partner.