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Some of your answers to the questions about your Work Stress could legitimately be called Growth Opportunities. Also, continue to build on any Strengths outlined above in order to enhance the level of Work Stress that you have already. By continuing to do what you are already doing well, you will be more able to benefit from the Growth Opportunities that were identified by the following questions.
I am frequently irritable or tired.
The foundation of daily energy is eating at least three balanced meals a day, with fruit snacks for occasional boosts. Be sure that protein calories are highest early in the day, with your percentage of carbohydrate calories rising at lunch and mid afternoon. A NASA study has shown that people who do at least 30 minutes' stamina building exercise four times a week have 50% more energy available in the last two hours of work than their less fit co-workers.
I am experiencing more minor health problems (e.g. colds, flu, headaches) recently.
How health problems, mood swings and sleep problems related to chronic stress build-up vary from person to person, but there are several simple remedies that work for virtually everyone:* Build in brief stress-release breaks during the day, like two minutes breathing long, slow out-breaths;
* A brisk 5-minute walk outside or an end-of-day workout will do much to purge the fatigue and stress hormones from your body;
* Regularly remind yourself of one or two areas of your life that are going well (for example, in a hobby or with your family)
and put reminders of those situations on your work station; and
* Visualize an activity or friend you enjoy so you have optimistic images of good things ahead. Each of these support the natural self-healing powers of your body/mind.
I have a hard time staying focused on the work I am doing.
Frequent distractions and urgent priorities can add up to a workplace climate of "firefighting". Being able to focus on your work seems like the exception. You begin to just wait for the next distraction. Avoid being infected by this firefighting mindset this way. (1) Be honest with yourself about just how much firefighting really goes with your job. If it's 40% of your time, stop calling it 60%. (2) Set yourself up to feel focused by writing down (a) the satisfactions you most want to enjoy in your work, and (b) your strengths or talents that you want to enjoy applying. (3) At the end of each day, write down which one or two satisfactions and strengths you actually were able to focus on and enjoy.
I rarely worry about things which are out of my control.
Most often we allow ourselves to worry because we're trying to find a way to regain control over a situation that may turn out badly for us. Unfortunately, if we can't think of a workable solution, we just worry some more, creating more stress. To help yourself make a decision about what to do, try this:
* Write down your worry, focusing especially on the specific unpleasant things you fear might happen to you;
* Write down the solutions you have decided would not work;
* Now, pick a friend or advisor who you trust and whose judgment you would respect in your worry situation. Meet with this person to ask for advice;
* Based on your thoughts and their advice, decide on your action plan;
* It is very important to remember that if you decide to take no action, that's probably your best decision. If you start to worry again, remind yourself that you've already made the best possible decision which is not to worry about things which are out of your control.
I spend more time and energy than I would like on worry and the rumor mill.
Identify your most recurrent and stressful worries and write down your answers to these questions:
* Can I change the situation causing me worry?
* If so, what is my plan to do that?
* If I do nothing and the situation does turn out badly, what is the worst realistic effect on me?
* What is my plan for that situation?
* Exactly what steps would I take?
Notes-to-Myself for my Personal Action Plan
The most important things I've learned from this section of VitalityPro™ for improving my Work Stress are ...
1.______________________________________ 2.______________________________________ 3.______________________________________
Note: At the conclusion of this "Work Life Vitality" part of your report on page #20, we will suggest you revisit these and other Notes-to-Myself as the overall basis for your designing your Personal Action Plan.
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