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Another journaling idea is to define what is causing stress: Whatever or whomever.
For example - "Bob really bugs me when he misses deadlines." Or - "I never have enough time to fit it all in, family, friends, work, fun." Or - "I am in way over my head on this project."
Next in your journal write about and define why.
"When Bob misses deadlines it makes me look bad. I can't enjoy my weekends when Bob has a project due on Monday, because I keep worrying Bob won't come through."
Then ask why again to those answers, and write them down. "I hate to look bad in front of my peers. It is embarrassing to me. I don't like to be embarrassed. I don't need/deserve that."
Then ask why again. Keep writing, then asking why to those answers. What can be found is real reason(s) for stress. After reason(s) are revealed then processing root of stress is easier to address. Then journal about those feelings.
Journaling is something we can all give to ourselves. Find a quiet time in day, and a quiet place to journal. Set journal where you will see it every day. Using a notebook, a blank book, a favorite journal, or a computer, any of these all serve as outlets for expression of stress. Through journaling we use that outlet of expression to help us see, process and understand our stress. Through journaling toll stress takes can be reduced or eliminated.
Copyright 2002 Doreene Clement All Rights Reserved
Doreene Clement, a cancer victor and author of The 5 Year Journal, is currently writing a new book, Blessed, about her life and her cancer experience. For more information www.the5yearjournal.com 480.423.8095 Copyright 2005 OMDC, LLC All Rights Reserved
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