If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ve seen this diagram before. It’s all about inflammation. One of the root causes of inflammation is stress. I stumbled across a little something on doctoroz.com – it’s a stress checklist so that you can see what the major causes of stress in your life are. There are about 40+ items – http://www.doctoroz.com/article/stress-questionnaire – try the test yourself to see what’s inflaming you! Here are my items:
- Change in health of an immediate family member – always stressful
- Work more than 40+ hours in a week – some weeks it’s 60+
- Business or work role change – my role has been changing since April of this year
- Sleep less than 8 hours – the quality of my sleep has increased, but the quantity has stayed between 5-6 hours – somedays it’s close to 6.5 but no where near the perfection of 8 hours
- Change in responsibilities at work
- Vacation – I love travel, but I guess getting ready to go away can be stressful and my next vacation is coming up quickly
- Change in personal habits (diet, exercise, etc.) – I’m always trying something a little different with this blog and I’m doing the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan again more to help myself feel better
- Change in work hours or conditions
- Presently pre-menstrual – I know TMI – but it’s a fact of life. Yes, once a month, I like many women are aware that the whole world is out to get me
Nine out of about 44 – not terrible…but it is evident to me, that work causes the majority of my stress. Some of the stress factors will be eliminated as time goes on. Some, I’ll have to learn to cope with. Getting better sleep and more of it, has to continue to be a priority. I’m not giving up travel though, just because it causes a little bit of stress. It’s my top favourite thing!
One thing that has alleviated some stress has been my decluttering project. This week, I began the process of Kijiji-ing/Craigslisting some of my items and I’ve sold a purse today. So far, I’ve posted 6 items, and as I sell one, I’ll post more. I’ve also started another pile of things to throw away. Seeing my progress has been very satisfying, but I can’t wait to finish this little project even though I still have a lot of things left to do.
Today, I’m grateful for the stress questionnaire. It’s a good little check list to see where your stress lives and it will help me address my own issues and for that, I’m…