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.
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
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?
- Deep Breathing
- Grand Central Station Meditation
- Driving Meditation
- Negative Self-Talk Exercise
- Body Scan Exercise
- Day 0: Setting Up for Success
- Day 1: Your "Old Back Story"
- Day 2: Understanding ESR
- Day 3: Deep Breathing
- Day 4: Wisdom from a Spine Surgeon
- Day 5: How We Get Programmed for Pain
- Day 6: Type A Personalities
- Day 7: The "Big 4" Emotions
- Day 8: A Case of Childhood Stress
- Day 9: A Case of Current Stress
- Day 10: Cases of Depression and Anxiety
- Day 11: Taking Stock & Survey
- Day 12: Your "Monkey Mind"
- Day 13: Awareness in Day-to-Day Life
- Day 14: Roots of Negative Self-Talk
- Day 15: Living from the Neck Up
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