MIND & EMOTIONAL HELP/HEALTH
While it may seem odd at the beginning, you want to start somewhat backwards. Start with the (C). ( A) ACTIVATING EVENT After you complete (C), come back here and describe what was happening at the time you became upset/stressed/angry/anxious/depressed/guilty/etc.
People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.
Weekly Stress Log Now that you are familiar with the signals of stress, complete the weekly stress log below to map patterns in your stress levels and identify sources of stress. Enter a score for each hour of each day according to the ratings listed below the log. Ratings 1 = No anxiety; general feeling of well-being 2 = Mild anxiety; no interference with activity 3 = Moderate anxiety; specific signal(s) of stress present 4 = High anxiety; interference with activity 5 = Very high anxiety and panic reactions; general inability to engage in activity To identify daily or weekly patterns in your stress level, look at the average of your hourly stress rating at the bottom of each column or your average daily stress rating at the end of each row. For example, if your scores for 6: 00 A.M. are 3, 3, 4, 3, and 4, with blanks for Saturday and Sunday, your 6: 00 A.M. rating will be 17 ÷ 5, or 3.4 (moderate to high anxiety).