Time management tips are useless unless they apply to you, aren’t they? And stress is one of the worst time-killers. So empower yourself; discover your personal stress profile by taking this simple quiz. Armed with that knowledge, you will know which time tips to work with to overcome your unique time-wasting habits. And as you work with tips personalized to your specific time issues, your effectiveness will increase exponentially.
Don’t Let Stress Rob You of Your Time
Stress affects all of us differently, sending us in countless directions. Furthermore, you may lose track of your time in any number of ways when stressed. Stress starts its insidious work by destroying your peace of mind. The more stressed you become, the more easily distracted you are, and the more eagerly you seek out something, anything in order to relax.
Worst of all, if you are used to stress, you can become blind to the toll it takes on you. You must develop your awareness to gain both the insight and incentive to take positive action.
Maybe you hover near the refrigerator, adding pounds as well as problems to your health. Perhaps stress interferes with getting a good night’s sleep. And any number of diseases are caused or worsened by stress.
Deep down inside, no matter how tense and irritable you are, you suspect that you can live differently. Even though you don’t know how to get there, you know this is a destination worth looking for.
Start your journey by developing expertise about the factors that trigger your stress. This quiz is designed to help you develop an overview. You send your body a powerful message when you commit to reducing stress. You demonstrate that you care!
Examine ways that you can relieve your body and mind of stress throughout your day. Become skilled at anticipating when tension will mount. You’re exploring ways to alleviate anxiety throughout your day and to relax as you enjoy results. Day-by-day, you progress. So begin right now!
Quiz: Discover Your Stress Profile
You may choose all the answers per question that apply to you. You can also add other responses that come to mind.
1. Select the situations that you respond to with stress:
a. Physical discomfort
b. Too much work to accomplish in too little time.
c. Other people’s expectations of you.
d. No time to yourself.
e. Problems experienced by family members or friends.
2. You feel stress in your body through:
a. Tossing and turning at night.
b. Overeating or difficulty getting food down.
c. Chronic stiffness in your jaw, your back, or elsewhere.
d. Lashing out when annoyed.
e. Difficulty concentrating.
3. How do you respond to stress?
a. Putting things off.
b. Too much time watching TV or surfing the net.
c. Rushing everywhere.
d. Making errors
e. Staying up late and waking up tired.
4. List three times of day when you generally feel stressed.
5. You effectively reduce stress by:
a. Meeting your deadlines.
b. Making your life simpler.
c. Not trying to control how others think and act.
e. Maintaining boundaries.
6. Study your Personal Stress Profile for a moment.
How does it shape your relationship with the world? Treat yourself with friendliness and respect as you survey how stress hurts you. Write a line or two about what you discover: _______________________________
7. Thank yourself for taking this self-empowering step.
You have supported your success by investing this time to look closely at your stress level and for considering how to reduce it.
Keep your stress profile near at hand to refer to. You will find it very useful as you explore ways to live more enjoyably and productively.
Remember: You create stress, and you can overcome it.
You may be astonished by the degree of power you can exert over your stress level. As you work to take full responsibility, you will find this potential liberating! You can overcome stress by modifying your time choices, minute by minute. No matter what challenges you face, the ability to melt tension, and therefore enhance attention is in your hands.
The more consistently you refer to your personal stress profile and use your self-knowledge to gain more control over your time, the more energetic and confident you will become.© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.