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Chapter 2. Learning To Manage Stress > Stress Releases And Safety Valves

Stress Releases And Safety Valves

Place a check in the appropriate column. Try to be completely honest.

I

do

well

5
I’m

average

3
Need

to

improve

1
  I’m succeeding at:
___ ___ ___ 1. “Owning” my own stress (not blaming others)
___ ___ ___ 2. Knowing my level of optimum stress (the level of stress that allows you to do your best without becoming destructive)
___ ___ ___ 3. Balancing work and play (scheduling time for play)
___ ___ ___ 4. Loafing more (learning to do nothing at times and feel okay about it)
___ ___ ___ 5. Getting enough sleep and rest rather than ending up with what is left over at the end of the day (scheduling adequate sleep)
___ ___ ___ 6. Refusing to take on more than I can handle (learning to say no)
___ ___ ___ 7. Working off tension (hard physical effort on a regular basis)
___ ___ ___ 8. Setting realistic goals (goals that can be achieved within a reasonable time frame)
___ ___ ___ 9. Practicing relaxation (meditating with music or biofeedback)
___ ___ ___ 10. Slowing down (taking pleasure in every moment rather than rushing through life)
___ ___ ___ 11. Putting emphasis on being rather than on doing (Being a person others like to be around is more important than “doing” many activities.)
___ ___ ___ 12. Managing my time, including planning for time alone (setting priorities and doing those things that are most important)
___ ___ ___ 13. Planning regular recreation (Recreation is a complete change of pace and something that is fun to do.)
___ ___ ___ 14. Having a physical fitness program (having a specific plan for strenuous exercise)
___ ___ ___ 15. Avoiding too much caffeine (limiting coffee and cola drinks)
___ ___ ___ 16. Emphasizing good nutrition in diet (learning about nutrition and avoiding junk foods)
___ ___ ___ 17. Avoiding alcohol or other chemicals to deal with pressure (Dependency on alcohol or drugs deals with symptoms rather than the problem.)
___ ___ ___ 18. Avoiding emotional “overload” (Taking on problems of others when you are under stress is destructive.)
___ ___ ___ 19. Selecting emotional “investments” more carefully (things we can get involved with that call for emotional involvement—it is necessary to choose these carefully)
___ ___ ___ 20. Giving and accepting positive “strokes” (Being able to express positive things to others and receive positive comments in return is an achievement.)
___ ___ ___ 21. Talking out troubles and getting professional help if needed (Being willing to seek help is a sign of strength rather than weakness.)
___ ___ ___  Total checks in each column
Multiply

X

5
Multiply

X

3
Multiply

X

1
  
___ ___ ___  TOTAL SCORE (add columns and see scale on facing page)



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