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Day 16: The Stress Inventory

Dr. David Clarke discusses creating a Stress Inventory, a technique that enables a subtle shift to greater awareness of what’s causing our pain.

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Summary

Dr. David Clarke covers topics including:

  • The activity of creating a Stress Inventory
  • How writing down all the things that cause you stress can benefit you
  • How this exercise along with others in the program can raise your self-awareness

Journaling Assignment

Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.

Questions for Journaling:

  • Create your own Stress Inventory – Make a line down the middle of the page

    • On one side write down all the things that are stressing you; don’t edit, just write
    • On the other side of the page write down the emotions you experience around each stressor
  • Take a few minutes and scan your list
    • Do you notice your stressors cluster around certain areas or issues?
    • Are there any stressors you can take action to lessen or eliminate?
  • On a 1-10 scale (10 being worst) how would you rate your pain today?