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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 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 believe most of the pressures I'm under at work are well justified.
When pressure at work seems unjustified, it may be a result of not understanding the importance of some of your assignments. From time to time, it may be necessary for you to accept that some things have to be done simply because we have been instructed to do so by our managers. If you find that a lack of understanding is causing you stress which leads to wrong decisions, ask your manager or supervisor for a better explanation of the task in order to deliver the best results possible.
I feel I am working under unreasonable pressure.
When you say you feel "unreasonable pressure", you probably mean it's both stressful for you and bad for the quality of your work. In short, it's a 'lose/lose' for both you and your employer. To remove some of that 'lose/lose' pressure, it may be helpful to pick one of these 'lose/lose' pressure situations which your boss would likely see as being a costly and frequent drain on your productivity; then ... Think through the best 'win-win' solution and the simple steps required to implement it; Pick a time when your boss is feeling receptive and propose your win-win solution; Invite your boss's input for making it work and seek agreement to test it out.
Unreasonable pressure may also result from feeling overloaded with work so it may be a good time to ask for help in dealing with your extra work. If help is unavailable, it is important to break tasks down into achievable portions and work through them as best you can.
I am generally optimistic that I can find a solution when I run into problems at work.
If you are having difficult finding solutions to work problems, it is a good idea to do a little research. Define the problem and use the internet to look for possible solutions.
Asking a skilled colleague how to approach specific problems can help build relationships and provide solutions.
Notes-to-Myself for my Personal Action Plan
The most important things I've learned from this section of StressPro™ for improving my Work Stress are ...
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