“To monitor your stress, first identify your stress triggers.
What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable?
Do you often get headaches or an upset stomach…”.1

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Stress PatternHow may I look for a pattern with stress?

In Stress Management: Basics – Stress Relief the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“To monitor your stress, first identify your stress triggers. What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable? Do you often get headaches or an upset stomach with no medical cause? Is it hard to focus or do you have trouble sleeping at night?”2

In Learn To Manage Stress: Information – Learn To Recognize Stress the (United States) MedlinePlus elaborate on:

“The first step in managing stress is recognizing it in your life. Everyone feels stress in a different way. You may get angry or irritable, lose sleep, or have headaches or stomach upset. What are your signs of stress? Once you know what signals to look for, you can start to manage it.

Also identify the situations that cause you stress. These are called stressors. Your stressors could be family, school, work, relationships, money, or health problems. Once you understand where your stress is coming from, you can come up with ways to deal with your stressors”.3

Strategies

What are some strategies to manage stress?

The Mayo Clinic explain:

Stress Pattern

“Once you’ve identified your stress triggers, think about strategies for dealing with them. Identifying what you can and can’t control is a good starting point. For example, if stress keeps you up at night, the solution may be as easy as removing the TV and computer from your bedroom and letting your mind wind down before bed.

Other times, such as when stress is based on high demands at work or a loved one’s illness, you might be able to change only your reaction.

Don’t feel like you have to figure it out on your own. Seek help and support from family and friends, whether you need someone to listen to you, help with child care or a ride to work when your car is being repaired”.4

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help to look for a pattern with my stress?

If you would like help to look for a pattern with your stress, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Stress Management: Basics – Stress Relief the Mayo Clinic note:

“Stress won’t disappear from your life. And stress management needs to be ongoing. But by paying attention to what causes your stress and practicing ways to relax, you can counter some of the bad effects of stress and increase your ability to cope with challenges”.5

In Learn To Manage Stress: Information – Resources the MedlinePlus explain:

“If you can’t manage stress on your own, you may want to talk with your health care provider. Or consider seeing a therapist or counselor who can help you find other ways to deal with your stress. Depending on the cause of your stress, you also may find it helps to join a support group”.6

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  1. Stress Management: Basics – Stress Relief. Page Last Reviewed: 08 April 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-relief/hlv-20049495 Accessed: 28 November 2022
  2. Stress Management: Basics – Stress Relief. Page Last Reviewed: 08 April 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-relief/hlv-20049495 Accessed: 28 November 2022
  3. Stress Management: Basics – Stress Relief. Page Last Reviewed: 08 April 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-relief/hlv-20049495 Accessed: 28 November 2022
  4. Learn To Manage Stress: Information – Learn To Recognize Stress. Review Date: 07 November 2020. MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001942.htm Accessed: 28 November 2022
  5. Stress Management: Basics – Stress Relief. Page Last Reviewed: 08 April 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-relief/hlv-20049495 Accessed: 28 November 2022
  6. Learn To Manage Stress: Information – Resources. Review Date: 07 November 2020. MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001942.htm Accessed: 28 November 2022
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