Stress Management: What are Your Lists Like?

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Stress Management: What are Your Lists Like?

Stress impacts our mental health. We have busy schedules and face difficulties. Living with mental illness, or caring for someone with mental illness, presents its own stressors plus exacerbates the stress of ordinary life (Take our online stress test).

How you manage this stress and chaos is important. A common stress management tool is list making, but how you do it can either help or harm your mental health. Mental health tips for list-making:

  • Make them. Lists allow us to remember what, exactly, lies ahead. Getting information out of your head and onto paper (or computer or phone) helps you plan and remember.
  • Prioritize. Lists help you stay on target and focus on what’s most important.
  • Make two important types of lists: To-do lists and to-be lists.

To-do lists keep you on top of deadlines and other tasks. This organization removes a great deal of unnecessary stress from your life.

To-be lists are perhaps the most important type of list for stress management. These allow you to decide how you want to be in your life, what values you want to work for.

Knowing who you are, how you want to be, and what you need to do to get there can empower you to withstand stress and enhance your mental health.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you use lists to manage stress? If so, what types of lists do you use? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experience on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, September 20). Stress Management: What are Your Lists Like?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 17 from

Last Updated: September 20, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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