Change Implementation Techniques for Laying a Foundation for New Ways

Technique 1.59 Stress Symptoms

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Tick the appropriate box (rarely or never to all the time) to identify your symptoms of stress

Problems

Experience with problem

(consider the last 3 ‐ 6 months)

Rarely or never

Some‐times

Often

Very Often

All the time

1. Trouble getting to sleep or restless sleep

         

2. Waking up early and unable to get back to sleep

         

3. Waking up tired and/or fatigued throughout the day

         

4. Decreased energy or feeling ' washed out'

         

5. Little pleasure or enjoyment from daily activities

         

6. Depression, persistent low mood or feeling sad

         

7. Sex drive and/or activity decreased from normal

         

8. Feeling of nervousness, anxiety or worry

         

9. Significant increase or decrease in appetite

         

10. Lumpy throat or difficulty swallowing

         

11. Indigestion, reflux or stomach ulcers

         

12. Irritable bowel, diarrhoea, constipation or pain

         

13. Headaches or migraines

         

14. Muscle tension, sore neck or shoulders

         

15. Wheezing or tightness in chest

         

16. Pains in left chest or irregular heartbeat

         

17. Itching or persistent skin rashes

         

18. Working for six or seven days per week

         

19. Too busy for family activities

         

20. Days are filled with deadlines

         

21. Unclear about your goals in life

         

22. Worried about work/life balance

         

Total scores by adding columns

         

Then multiply each score by

0

1

2

3

4

Sum total

         

. The higher the total score and/or more of your individual ticks are in the "never/rarely" or "sometimes" boxes means that you have stress under control. On the other hand, a low total score and/or ticks in the "very often" or "all the time" suggest serious issue(s) that need to be addressed. Thus,

"...use the score to track your progress as you master stress more proficiently. Stress symptom scores should be interpreted as your warning bells. Ignoring the symptoms increases the risk of illness developing...... persistent low mood can lead to depression, indigestion can lead to ulcers, high blood pressure to heart disease, seven‐day weeks to divorce, etc...."

Sven Hansen, 2006

(source: Sven Hansen, 2006)

 

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