Evaluating Your Level of Stress

May 10, 2011

We all have different tolerance levels when it comes to dealing with stress. It taxes our emotions, our sense of control, and our attitude. It affects our physical health and nutritional status, fitness level, and sleep habits. So why does one person maintain a sense of calm while another person feels completely overwhelmed.

Just as we all must evaluate the factors that bring about stress in our lives, we must also consider how we react to stress, and whether or not our responses are justified. For example, some of us react by becoming internally agitated. Others become outwardly agitated and hostile. Then there are others who become withdrawn and show little emotion. Understanding our personal stress triggers and how we react are key in moving forward and coping with stress.

More often than not, stress will likely affect those of us in fast-paced and challenging work environments. Strategies for managing this level of stress include avoiding unnecessary confrontations, changing our situation or environment, eating right and keeping physically fit, and scheduling time for personal leisure and relaxation. Take control of your life and prioritize what’s truly important and your stress level will be replaced by a sense of calmness and focus.

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