Think about your current job and how often each of the following 10 statements describe how you feel. 

  1. I can’t honestly say what I really think or get things off my chest at work. 
  2. My job has a lot of responsibility, but I don’t have very much authority.
  3. I could usually do a much better job if I were given more time.
  4. I seldom receive adequate acknowledgement or appreciation when my work is really good. 
  5. In general, I am not particularly proud or satisfied with my job.
  6. I have the impression that I am repeatedly picked on or discriminated against at work.
  7. My workplace environment is not very pleasant or safe.
  8. My job often interferes with my family and social obligations, or personal needs. 
  9. I tend to have frequent arguments with superiors, co-workers or customers.
  10. Most of the time I feel I have very little control over my life at work.  


•Analyse all the items showing high stress levels and figure out how to rein them in, particularly if you feel your health is being significantly affected. But keep in mind that any such scale, along with its categories, is subjective and that some stressors, such as deadlines, can actually have positive consequences.
• Remember that stress differs for all and no stress-reduction technique works for everyone. Jogging, meditation or yoga are great for some but can actually prove stressful when arbitrarily imposed on others. Experiment to find out what works for you.
• Although stress is difficult to define, the feeling of having little control is always distressful.

Anything you can do to gain more control over your daily activities will provide powerful stress reduction rewards.
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