Stress Journal Reflection Paper
After having reviewed my Stress Journal assignments for this class, I have noticed that my methods for handling stress have changed. Learning what stress is and the body’s reaction to stress have attributed to this, but also learning methods that I had not thought of or did not know of has also helped me. Not only have I been able to cope with stress quicker, I have also been able to reduce the amount of stress in my life.
In the past, if I was confronted with a stressor, I would just try to ignore it or push it to the back of my mind to deal with later. This is a very unhealthy response. It causes even more stress to build up in your body and for the stressor to become a bigger ...view middle of the document...
Another method that I had not utilized in the past, but started utilizing in the first journal, was the deep breathing technique. Trying to slow my breathing and heart rate down and calming myself down made it easier to deal with the stressor immediately. By calming myself and getting my heart rate in check, I’m able to clearly speak about what I need and what the problem is. This especially comes in handy when dealing with the general public. Calming myself down is a great way to more effectively deal with the stressor and conquer the issue in a more timely manner.
I’ve also been able to not think about worst case scenarios all of the time when dealing with stressors. By thinking about what can go right instead of focusing on what may go wrong, I’m able to diminish some of the stress and concentrate on what I want to accomplish. If you think about only the worst case scenario, it is more likely to occur. By thinking about the positives, you give yourself a better mind set while dealing with the issue at hand.
This class has definitely helped me to start dealing with the situations in my life that cause stress. I’m hoping that I will be able to continue implementing these methods in the future and live a healthier, happier life. By living this type of life, those around me will also be happier. By using the “I Am” assignment and looking back at the Stress Journal assignments, it should give me a good place to start and also a great place to see where I was at this point in my life. Hopefully a few weeks, months, and years down the road I will be able to point to this class as the reason I started dealing with my stress better and had a closer relationship with the Lord.