Sometimes stress can become a habit. You may not even realize you are stressed! Recognition of stress in your system as a real problem is perhaps the first step towards its management.
The Inner Space team has compiled a set of questions to help you identify how stressed you are at present. These are especially focused on work related stress.
How Stressed Are You At Work?
Read the statements below and respond to each of them by saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Total the number of times you answer ‘Yes’ on this organizational stress scale to find out if you are stressed.
- Do you feel like you need more time to get a job done?
- Do you repetitively check your mail/phone?
- Do your smoke/coffee breaks consist of either thinking about or speaking of negative events at work?
- Do you find it difficult to like most of your bosses?
- Do you still keep thinking about work even when you are back home?
- Do you have frequent arguments with your teammates or your boss?
- Do you hold yourself back from participating in team meetings?
- Do you feel you do not receive adequate appreciation for your good work?
- In a team, do you feel that you are competing instead of helping?
- Do you look forward to coming to work?
- Do you feel fatigued, tired or weak most of the time?
- Do you find mental reminders of things-to-do intruding upon your thoughts?
- Do you feel that things are getting out of hand?
- Do you feel your job interferes with your personal/family/social needs?
- Do you feel restless when you do not have much to do even for brief periods?
- Do you keep making some repetitive movements without realizing it: drumming your fingers, shaking your legs or tapping your feet?
If you found yourself answering ‘Yes’ to more than 5 questions, you are on the edge and you might want to take corrective actions before it worsens.
If you found yourself answering ‘Yes’ to more than 10 questions, you are probably very stressed and also symptomatic. You might find yourself having either physical symptoms or emotional symptoms of stress or both.