Start a stress journal.
A stress journal can help you identify the regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in your journal. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes.
• What caused your stress – make a guess if you’re unsure.
• How you felt, physically and emotionally.
• How you acted in response.
• What you did to make yourself feel better.
Look at how you currently cope with stress.
Think about the ways you currently manage and cope with stress in your life. Your stress journal can help you identify them.
Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or unproductive? Unfortunately, many people cope with stress in ways that compound the problem.