The first step to managing your stress is to understand what part it plays in your life.
How stressed am I?
Take a Stress Test.
Here’s one from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). http://www.cmha.ca/bins/content_page.asp?cid=4-42-216
For further information from CMHA see: http://www.cmha.ca/english/coping_with_stress/index.htm
Over the next few days, observe your body’s physical reaction to stress. Notice subtle signals you might have overlooked before. Ask friends or family what they notice when you’re stressed: do they notice signs you haven’t?
Taking care of oneself is fundamental to a happy, healthy, low stress life. Assess your level of self-care using the TOOL below.
How well am I taking care of myself? (19 KB)
Become aware of what increases your stress and any strategies you use to help decrease your stress.
Tension Diary (18 KB)