Self Quiz: how good are your Stress Management Skills?

Do You Have the Stress Management Abilities Needed for Peak Performance and Optimal Health?

A person’s own evaluation of his or her susceptibility to stress can be a powerful motivator for making the changes in diet and lifestyle necessary to manage stress more effectively. Work through the following checklist Doing so will help you to evaluate your ability to deal with stress. Major stress can wreck havoc on your health. Do you have these factors that will affect your stress level in a major way right now?

Lifestyle/Environmental Factors

  • I have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
  • I use drugs recreationally.
  • I frequently consume caffeine-containing beverages (such as coffee, tea, and colas) and/or chocolate.
  • I frequently consume sugar-containing foods, fruit, and fruit juice.
  • I do not eat foods high in calcium, magnesium, or potassium, nor do I use multimineral supplements containing these nutrients.

Performance Indicators

  • I often have difficulty concentrating (my mind goes blank).
  • I have a poor memory.
  • I often experience exhaustion at the end of the workday.
  • I am susceptible to inappropriate outbursts of anger.
  • I am easily deterred from my goals or easily frustrated by obstacles and setbacks.
  • I am often afraid of saying something foolish.
  • I often experience fatigue.
  • I frequently have insomnia.
  • I am often irritable and angry.
  • I am often anxious.
  • I avoid certain places or situations because I’m afraid of having a panic reaction.

Physical Indicators

  • I often experience shortness of breath or a smothering sensation.
  • I frequently experience heart palpitations or a rapid heartbeat.
  • I often experience bouts of trembling or shaking.
  • I often sweat excessively.
  • I am jumpy or easily startled.
  • I have frequent bouts of alternating constipation and diarrhea.
  • I have low blood pressure.

Psychological/Medical History

  • I have relatives with a history of anxiety disorders.
  • I had or have overly critical parents.
  • I had or have overly cautious parents.
  • I lacked emotional nurturing in my childhood.
  • I have a history of separation anxiety.
  • I experienced a significant life stress (such as death, illness, or divorce) followed by excessive anxiety.
  • I suffer from PMS.
  • I am undergoing a stressful menopause.
  • I use estrogen-containing medication.
  • I have a history of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
  • I have a history of hypoglycemia.
  • I have a history of mitral-valve prolapse.
  • I have a history of food allergies

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