Document (And Prevent) Your Stress Triggers

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

Here at Uplift we want to give you easy things you can implement to make your life easier and happier.  What gets tracked, gets managed. So here is a quick exercise this week to help you decrease daily stress. 

Step 1: For one week, document each time you are stressed and what caused it.  What struck me for my list was that 80% were things that could easily be prevented. For example, here was my list:

  • Not being able to find my keys

  • Having a fire-drill at work

  • Not having a conference room booked for a meeting

  • Running out of power on my phone

  • Not having snacks for my toddler, leading to total breakdown

Step 2: Come up with simple solutions to prevent regular stressors. For example:

  • Not being able to find my keys → Buy a key tracker that beeps

  • Not having a room booked for a meeting → End each day by looking for meetings for the next

  • Running out of power on my phone → keep an extra power supply in my bag

  • Not having snacks for my toddler, leading to total breakdown → keep a box of snacks in her stroller or the car, so I don’t run out

Seeing your stressors written down also helps make them feel more manageable and smaller. Try it and share the ideas you come up with to reduce simple stressors!

PS: My daughter's first request to play post-Shonda-pledge was Hide and Seek while I was driving. We figured out how to make it work somehow! 

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