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


Experience with problem

(consider the last 3 ‐ 6 months)

Rarely or never



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






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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