Stress Load Reflection

Awareness Living Yoga Svadhyaya

I was recently prompted to work through an exercise called a Stress Load Reflection.

I don’t think of myself as particularly stressed. I don’t tend to ruminate on things (Thank you, meditation practice!). If someone were to ask me my day-to-day stress level, I would say low. And, on top of that, I still do things every day to reduce stress (asana, breath work, etc.).

So, I was shocked by how much I had to write about in this exercise. It was a great practice of svadhyaya (self-study).

If you are interested, I have outlined it below.

Stress Load Reflection

Take some time to reflect upon your personal stress load. For each of the sections below, write down anything that comes up for you.

1. Stress or anxiety about work

2. Stress or anxiety about your relationship or lack thereof

3. Stress or anxiety about other people

4. Stress or anxiety about the world in general – or specific aspects

5. Stress or anxiety about your health

6. Other sources of stress or anxiety

If you tried this exercise and found it helpful, please comment below and let me know.


Be Well – A 10-week wellness program

Events News

I am very excited to be offering instruction in a variety of different yogic practices to people diagnosed with mood and/or anxiety disorders through this 10 week program offered by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Be Well – Tools for Wellness in Daily Living

What: A free 10 week program facilitated by two Occupational Therapists to assist participants develop practical knowledge and skills in various areas of wellness such as:

  • Wellness Planning
  • Mindfulness in Daily Life
  • Achieving Balance Across Life Activities
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Exploring Thought Patterns
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Community Resources Related to Wellness

Sessions will combine education with practical experience in each wellness area and participants will be encouraged to apply these skills in their daily lives between sessions. Facilitators will use repetition of skills throughout the program to enhance learning and transfer to daily living.

Participants will also be provided with information and support to connect with free/low cost community resources related to each wellness area. This will assist participants develop sustainable community supports to maintain wellness after the program.

Who: Adults living in Vancouver who have been diagnosed with mood and/or anxiety disorders and are not clients of a mental health team.

Where: Creekside Community Centre, #1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver.

When: Thursdays, 2pm-4pm from January 24th until March 28th, 2013

How: Call or email to register or ask questions! 604-675-3989 – Donna (ext.5), or Ayisha (ext.9),