Monday, January 5, 2009

How can you keep a stress diary

Every time you make an entry, record the following information:

- Date

- Time

- How happy you feel now.
Define on a scale of 0 to 10 how happy do you feel now (0 no happy at all & 10 your happiest period of your life) about yourself, family, friends, job, lifestyle.

- How stressed you feel now.
Another subjective assessment, on a scale of 0 to 10 ( 0 no stressed at all & 10 the most stressed period) about yourself, family, friends, job, lifestyle.

- The most resent stressful events:
1. what, when, where and how happened.
2. What factors made the event stressful.

- The symptoms of the stress felt (lightheaded, stomach, breathlessness, headache, etc.)

- How did you handle the stressful situation.

- The fundamental cause of the stress.

- The events outside your control that causes your stress.

- Which stressors are self induced.

- Other factors that make your symptoms worsening. For example special foods, coffee, alcohol, drugs, sleeping habits,changes in your lifestyle, travels etc.

For a sample of a simpler and not so detailed stress diary, you can check this link:

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