Keep a Stress Management Journal

Some days are more stressful than others, and some parts of the day are also more stressful than other parts.

8 a.m. - Alarm didn't go off - heart racing, mind preparing excuses for the boss, panicky and pissed! - darn electric company! or, I can't believe I did it again ... I'm so stupid!

9:30 a.m. - Co-worker didn't finish report - anger, tightness in stomach, clinched teeth, raised voice - Can't rely on anyone but myself; What in the heck is her problem! (not a question, a demand for an answer) Now we are really in trouble

1:00 p.m. - daughter calls to ask about prom dress - clinching stomach, teary eyes, difficulty getting breath - She deserves a new dress, it just isn't fair that her dad won't help. or, I'm never going to make enough money to even take care of my kids.

4:45 p.m. - Boss asks if I can help close up the department since Janey is out sick - teary eyes again, anger, heart racing, - oh sure, just ask little miss never-say-no! Who cares what her family needs? They just don't appreciate all I do.