Check off the physical signs of stress that you are experiencing regularly:
o Muscle pain, especially back pain
o Appetite changes
o Jaw tightening, tooth grinding, TMJ
o Weakness and fatigue
Check off the emotional signs of stress that you are experiencing regularly:
o Become irritable or grouchy over little things
o Are easily angered
o Feel anxiety that you cannot resolve
o Feel as if everything that might have been fun is now a burden to do
o Frequent loss of concentration
o Making more mistakes at work than usual
o Becoming accident prone
o Feeling frozen about where to start each day or activity
Check off the signs of poor self-care that you are experiencing regularly:
o Stopped exercise regimens
o Eating more food or more junk food
o Experiencing weight gain, especially around your middle
o Drinking more alcohol to relax
o Drinking more caffeine for energy to get going in the morning
o Not dressing with as much care
o Paying less attention to personal appearance, like tidy clothing or makeup
o Decrease in leisure time and pleasant contact with friends or family
Total Items Checked:______
0-3 = You are sailing along without serious effects of stress and should teach others how you do it!
4-5 = Stress is starting to interfere with health or wellbeing. Take some self care steps.
6-7 = Reevaluate now! Stress is affecting your wellbeing.
8 or more = Talk to someone immediately about how to diminish stress today.
Taken from “The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques Workbook” by Margaret Wehrenberg