Stress Inventory

Athletic challenges
Autoimmune diseases
Being hungry
Being ill
Being inside too much
Being too cold or too hot
Bright lights
Busy traffic
Car/truck fumes
Chapped lips
Chronic pain
Cigarette smoke or other pungent smells
Clothing (sensitivity to fabrics)
Deep or light touch
Digestive disturbances or imbalances
Eating sounds
Eating sugar/candy
Equilibrioception (feeling “off balance”)
Extreme weather conditions and excessive howling winds
Eyesight (forgot glasses/eyes not tested/print not clear/sitting too far away)
Fluorescent lighting, lack of natural light
Food intolerance/sensitivities
Gastrointestinal issues
Hard chairs
Having cold hands and feet in winter
Having to be too still
Having to sit too long in meetings
Hearing difficulty
Hormonal changes
Humming of power lines
Humming sounds from lights
Inadequate sleep
Insufficient solitude and quiet
Lack of something such as food
Listening and feeling of my heart rate
Loud voices
Marathon training
Measuring for high blood pressure
Menstrual cycles
Non-restorative sleep or sleep disturbed
Over Indulging
Proximity (too close)
Screen Time
Smells (chemicals on floor or in bathrooms/perfumes/food)
Sore teeth (cavities)
Speech impediment
Too many things hanging in a classroom
Tooth pain
Video Games

A sick parent
Anxious about parental disagreements
Being in any kind of deep relationship and experiencing the strong emotions involved, positive and negative
Being kicked out of class
Being uncomfortable around so many other people
Board members or staff reneging on promises and responsibilities
Change in routines
Children fighting
Comparing self to others
Emotional lability
Family member is ill
Fear of another’s reactions
Fear of punishment/consequences
Fear of things like heights
Fear when trying something new
Feeling “off”
Feeling hurt
Feeling pain
Feeling responsible for other people
Feeling unwelcome
Foster care
Intense surprises
Leaving parents to go into school
Negative Conversations
Not Feeling Safe
Preholiday (i.e. Christmas) build-up
Public speaking
Strong emotional expressions
Worrying about elderly parents that live with you

4-way stops
Ability to organize thoughts
Being last to grasp new concepts
Being put on the spot
Being uninterested in topic
Cognitive dissonance
Competing demands of work, school, elderly parents, kids
Constant new learning e.g. report cards
Difficult tasks that are not age appropriate
Forgetting shopping list
Having a to-do list in my head, not written down
History/Past experience
Information overload
Information presented too quickly or too slowly
Lack of intellectual stimulation
Learning a new language
Learning something new
Making decisions
Memory lapses
New information that doesn’t fit in to what you currently “know”
New to country and attending a school where learning is presented in an unfamiliar language
Not being able to read the book that has been assigned
Not being able to use a calculator to figure out math problems
Pattern recognition
Poor working memory
Prioritizing tasks
Reading challenges
Remembering Information
School improvement
Second language
Slow processing in a speedy world
Struggling to connect letter sounds and symbols
Thinking, concentrating, and working on a new problem
Time pressures
Too many interruptions
Too much inferring vs clearly stating expectations
Triple looping
Trouble recognizing patterns and symbols
Unable to track along with the written words on a page
Visual problems
When everyone else gets the joke but you

Adjusting to new norm of retirement
Attending birthday parties
Being a quiet person in a loud world
Being bossed around or dominated by another
Being bullied
Being gossiped about
Being in a social setting alone
Being left out of a group/rejected
Being victim of bullying
Big groups
Confusing social situations
Constant social input when I have an urge to be alone
Defensive reaction in self when I disagree with what someone is saying
Disagreements with your partner
Eating slowly in a fast-eating world
Engaging in small talk and not really connecting at a meaningful level
Fake social niceties between people
Feeling excluded
Feeling like you have nothing to talk about in a group
Feeling the energy rise and fall as people are together
Feeling you have to socialize with a group of people you don’t know
Fitting in to different cultural norms
Getting a turn in conversations
Going to an event not knowing anyone
Hypersensitivity to Social Signals
Informing someone their chosen fragrance is a scent in a scent-free environment
Intense one on one interaction
Interpersonal conflicts
Interpreting the impact of what we are saying on someone else
Joining a table of strangers and having to introduce yourself
Keeping calm and looking beyond the words a person is saying to see their red brain in action
Lack of friends
Lack of Human Interaction
Lack of social engagement
Large family gatherings
Large groups
Learning the norms of a new group
Meeting someone new
Meetings where people engage in side bar conversations
Moving crowds
Not being understood by friends or acquaintances
Not having anyone to play with at recess
Obvious socially inappropriate comments
Over focus on detecting the social signals
Peer pressure with friends, or not so good friends
Presenting a good first impression when meeting someone new
Public speaking
Putting on a social face when you are feeling a little too tired to entertain
Small talk at social events e.g. birthday parties, holiday events, showers, etc.
Two or more people talking at the same time
Walking in to a social or professional function alone and not seeing anyone you recognise or know

A sick child
Being distracted by the powerful feeling of being able to “see” the communication flowing between people
Being exploited by people, organisations and/or politicians
Being influenced by stereotypes, knowing you are influenced and not knowing how to deal with it
Being late
Compromising your needs to help out another person
Dealing with others’ strong emotions
Difficulty reading others’ cues
Empathy, Sympathy
Expectations of others
Feeling limbic resonance and not knowing that’s what the feeling is
Feeling the stress of your own children and other family members, especially in the midst of a dysregulated moment
Feeling unprepared
Giving a gift
Having a huge circle of friends and colleagues many of whom seem to be having a crisis
Helping someone through their distress
Interacting with individuals or groups that don’t really ‘get you’ or even care to know or are quick to assume
Internet dating
Lack of empathy due to compassion fatigue
Lack of gathering places
Limbic reactions of others
Mind reading resulting in trying to please everyone or feeling overwhelmed
Moral dilemmas
My children’s distress, and not being able to solve their problems for them
New neighbourhood
Other people’s discomfort
Putting needs of others before your own
Selflessness-need some self-care for own health
Watching the news
When your partner is stressed
Working in the helping professions and feeling all the feels of clients we support

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