It is not always easy to know when you are stressed. Sometimes stress can go undetected but here are some helpful indicators that may let you know if you in fact are stressed or becoming stressed.
There are three ways in which stress can negatively impact you life. Physically, emotionally and behaviorally. By examining these aspects of you life you may be able to recognize when you are or are becoming stressed.
Stress can also be emotional: you can feel it when you worry about money, your job or a loved one's illness, or when you experience a devastating life event, such as the death of a spouse or the loss of a job.
Jumping to Conclusions is making a negative assumption even though there are no clear facts supporting the conclusion
Personalizing is assuming external events are automatically being caused by or directed at yourself when in fact they are not
Selective Attention is ignoring accomplishments and positive experiences and focusing only on negative events and perceived failures. This colors your perception of all future experiences and you selectively look for only negative results and reactions
Catastrophizing is exaggerating the significance of an unpleasant event or events
Predicting Doom is deciding that failure is imminent before the task is even begun
Should and Musts are punitive self-statements. They are based on the faulty belief that you are inherently bad or worthless. Therefore, the only way to motivate yourself or succeed in life is to beat and whip yourself into shape. You do this by placing unrealistic demands on yourself.
Dualistic Thinking is perceiving situations and people, including yourself, as either all good or all bad with no room in between.
Labeling is taking one or two instances of your own or other’s behavior and over generalizing by attaching an exaggerated label.
Exercise. Thirty minutes of physical activity per day helps both body and mind. If you have an hour lunch break at the office, use half of it for a walk or a jog. Make plans with a coworker to do this a few times a week.
Hobbies. Take a break and do something you enjoy.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Get adequate rest, eat right, exercise, limit your use of caffeine and alcohol, and balance work and play.
Share your feelings. Don't try to cope alone. Let friends and family provide support and guidance.
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