Keeping a stress diary is important for understanding the causes of short-term stress in your life and gives an important insight into how you react to certain stressful situations.
As well as helping you capture and analyse the most common sources of stress in your life, a stress diary can help you to understand:
The idea is that, on a regular basis, you record information about the stresses you’re experiencing, so that you can analyse these stresses and then manage them.
When keeping a stress diary record the following:
After a few weeks, you should analyse your stress diary to discover your optimum stress levels and understand what triggers unpleasant stress. More importantly, from this you can make an ‘Action Plan’to control it. This action plan might include actions you are going to take to control of, or contain stressful situations, as well as ways to reduce the feelings of stress such as exercising, changing your diet, or improving the quality of your environment.
Further reading is available on the NHS website.
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