Thousands of tests and measures assess different elements of personality, aptitude, and intelligence. The professional uses many when the purpose is diagnosis of specific disorders. The following tools are quick and fast ways, for the layperson, to see where they fall along the stress continuum. It is not meant for diagnosis, just a means to recognize if a problem might exist. If it does, help is available. Life is short and maximizing the experience of life means learning how to manage stress and tension in healthy, functioning ways.
These wheels represent a concrete way to view how balanced your life is. The key is balance.
Give a percentage to each segment of the wheel. If I think that my family life is great, I might put 90% in that segment of the wheel. Rate each segment.
Imagine how your wheel would function if it were attached to a wagon. How bumpy is your ride? This tool is also used to assess what areas need development.
Perceived Stress Scale
Stress Test - Job
Twelve Ways to De-Stress from Work Stress.
- Eat properly. Start your day with a balanced breakfast and drink plenty of water since the body sometimes misinterprets dehydration as fatigue. While caffeine and sugar will briefly accelerate your energy, the crash an hour later won�t make it worth your while.
- Take a walk. Aim for 30 minutes a day of regular exercise, but don�t negate the benefits of three 10 minute walks.
- Resist the allure of drama. Bored at work? Getting involved in the conflicts of others is a great way to spice up your life-and suffer unnecessary stress.
- Laugh it up. Remember that comedy is tragedy ten year removed. Take the time to see the humor in a situation. It will help you place it in its proper perspective.
- Just say �No�. This powerful word can give you permission to relax and perform more productively. Know your limits and stick to them.
- Change your thinking. Try, �I do a lot of things well. I�ll get better at this with practice,� instead of, �I can�t do anything right.
- Accentuate the positive. What�s right about you? Your work? Your life? The more you focus on what�s right and good, the ore you�ll find it�s coming your way.
- Messy desk, messy mind. Clearing the clutter off your desk will help clear the maelstrom in your mind.
- Have a talk. The support of an understanding supervisor or coworker can make a huge difference in your stress level.
- Take a break every two hours. Drink a cup of herbal tea or get some sun on your face. When it�s lunch-time, eat away from your work area.
- Do you want to be right or happy? Give yourself permission to be wrong. Be open to another�s point of view. Try not to personalize conflicts.
- Your job is not your life. Make plenty of room in your life for your family, friends, hobbies, and interests. While work seems to go on forever, life is truly short and precious. Don�t spend your life behind a desk.
Reprinted from Career Focus. LaBlanc, A. (Winter, 2008). Washtenaw Community College.