I wanted to pass along something that has helped me cope with stress and life in general the past couple of years. I've always been a planner, I'm the one in the family that plans the vacations. Budgets, confirmation numbers, etc. So I got to carrying around a notebook so that I could make lists etc. in it during my free time (lunch, etc.). A few years ago I was having a really bad day and just felt like the world was against me, they weren't but it felt that way. I just wanted to run away, hide and cry. Instead I took out that notebook and wrote down all I was feeling. Then I flipped though the pages of planning notes for our trips and realized I had much to be thankful for so I went back and listed those as my blessings. Ever since then I carry a two subject notebook. The front is still used for trip planning and day-dreaming (plans for a couple of years ahead that may or may not come to be). The back is where I journal. I write when I'm having a bad day, I write when I'm having a good day. I list my challenges, but I also list my blessings. When I am having a bad day it always seems to help when I write it down and it also helps when I go back and read my blessings. The journal isn't meant to replace a good support group, a compassionate friend, or something as wonderful as this board. It is just a place for me to be me, say (in words that no one will see) what might otherwise hurt someone, and just vent. It is also a place for me to remember the past and plan for the future. If you don't already do it I really suggest starting a journal. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A simple school notebook will work.