Keeping a Stress Journal

How did stress find its way into my everyday life? I’m not sure when it started exactly, but I want it to stop. Last night I looked at my sleep timer app and discovered that I’ve already had 12 nights of difficult sleep. Looking back at the beginning of the year those nights increased slowly each month.

All of the stuff I’ve been reading about how to manage stress has been very same-y. One thing that I haven’t tried before is keeping a stress journal. Basically you log When you’re feeling stressed, What is stressing you out, and How you dealt with it. I think this could be useful for me so I can keep track of all of the little things, but also so I can understand how I’m coping. As of right now, I don’t even know where to begin. There are a million and one things stressing me out, which just totally sucks. The important thing is that I don’t let them overwhelm me, but that’s easier said than done.

Today was definitely a Sims 4 heavy day. I don’t feel bad about spending my time playing Sims, though. I’m glad I have the ability to give myself a day to zone out completely. I think I needed it.

Lately I’ve been thinking about my forthcoming tonsillectomy and I’m pretty nervous about the recovery period. The surgery itself doesn’t scare me at all, though. I wish I knew whether or not the recovery will be extremely painful for me or if it’ll just be moderate? All of the stuff I’ve read only leads me to believe it’s not easy but it’s not the worst pain in the world. I don’t want to go into it thinking it’ll be a walk in the park but I don’t want to over-prepare, either.

This weekend we’re visiting a woman about a kitten. We haven’t gotten this far with getting a kitten in the past so I’m cautiously optimistic about the whole thing. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose!

day 168 keeping a stress journal