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Stress-Relief Kit: Thinking About Your Day



At least once a week, set aside 5 minutes after dinner to review your day. Ask yourself How did I handle things today? How is that different from a year ago? Avoid the question How was my day? The trick is to focus on what can be controlled -- like your response to stress or your ability to take action -- and to use language that will help you feel more in control. Give it try.

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While you're at it, find a motto or a mantra you can repeat to yourself in times of stress or to interrupt any obsessive, runaway train of thought. I keep several handy, but these 2 get a lot of use: Courage, courage, courage, cowboy and Mistakes will be made.

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