Stress – What is Causing It?

Once you have done your mini audit and identified that you are feeling stressed, as well as alleviating the symptoms of stress (more on that in a later post) you need to try and determine what is actually causing you to feel stressed.

It’s easier said than done but do take a few moments to recap the last few months. Can you pinpoint when the changes in your behaviour started? If you can’t ask your partner or close friend if they noticed anything.

It might be they tell you something you hadn’t spotted, like your alcohol consumption went up when the new boss started! Or that you became much harder to live with, so brace yourself if you want an honest answer.

Work & Stress

When I’m coaching work comes up as a frequent cause of stress but people don’t always know what it is about work that is stressing them.  Try answering these questions:

  1. Have there been changes at work recently?
  2. Has your workload changed (up and down, too little work can be stressful)
  3. Have you had a change of manager or personnel?
  4. Is there an individual you find difficult to be with?
  5. Is the work you do at odds with your own personal value base?
  6. Do you find it difficult to delegate so take everything on yourself?
  7. Do you think you are the only person who will do it properly?
  8. Does your partner or family value the work you do?
  9. Do you want something else but don’t know what it is?
  10. Is your time management causing you stress?

Naming the beast is halfway to taming the beast! Once you know the causes you can start to manage your stress!


Posted on March 2nd, 2010 by

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