What are your graphs telling you?

  • You can access your graphs and put in a date range to see how your personalised signs of stress have features over time.

  • Look closely at the fluctuation on the graphs as they have lots to tell you. Remember the data that is feeding these graphs is your own self-assessment when you are experiencing the signs of stress you have previously identified. It is very useful to record your self-assessments over time as you can easily forget the details of when and how things felt.

  • '0' on the chart shows no stress reactors are present at that time and '10' shows that there is a high level of stress reactors at that time.

  • Once you have some information recorded you can then start to understand what the information can tell you.

  • Check to see if you can notice any peaks and troughs or any patterns in the graphs?

  • It is useful to access your journal and quick journal to match the high points or low points on the graphs, as this can remind you of what was happening at that time and also help you to see if there are any triggers.

  • Can you notice any trends or patterns over time, notice if any fluctuations in the graphs match up with any specific events or times in the week, month or with any particular activities that you are engaged in regularly?

  • If you graphs are telling you that your signs of stress are low, that is great, you might want to consider the activities you are doing that are keeping you well and balanced. It is useful to repeat ‘know me task 2 – your support plan’ to add in any new learning about what is keeping you in a good place, and obviously keep doing those good things.

  • If there is anything that you notice when your signs and symptoms of stress appear high or if you are noticing regular spikes, maybe it is the right time to increase your stress relief activities and/or look to change or minimise those things that appears to be contributing to your signs of stress or to enhance the things that contribute to stress relief?

  • At any time you can access the ‘grow me module – stress relief’ and answer the questionnaire to get a personalised stress relief plan that will help you. Once you have a plan you can then make sure that the actions feature regularly in your week, for you to really make the most of your toolkit and all its features.

  • If there is a situation/person/issue that you know is contributing to your signs of stress, you could try the technique ‘change the picture’ this might just give you some quick relief and help the way you think about that something.

  • Most importantly, If you are noticing prolonged periods of stress, it might be time to reach out to talk to someone, there might be some simple solutions that can be offered to help you.

  • There is always something you can do, now that you know how to record and access the information, match it to your circumstances and regular activities, you have more power within your own hands to make changes, increase stress reducing exercises and reach out for support.