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Stress Inventory Client information Often it is an accumulation of stressors and problems that lead to the symptoms experienced by people with stress-related complaints. Often people can no longer see the source of their stress but view it as a threatening whole that creates tension. This can lead to avoidance behavior. Making a list of all your problems can help you to get an overview, and can lead to a sense of manageability. You can also use the list to begin identifying points for taking action. Instructions    

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Make a list of 5 – 7 issues that have contributed to your situation (fill in inventory form 1 below) These can be work-related issues or issues related to other areas of your life Include both major problems and minor irritations The list should contain specific problems; do not include generalities such as „work‟ or „my customers‟ but describe specific situations like: “my manager comments on how I…., and I feel uncomfortable because he is not clear in what he wants” or “customer X always wants work done by yesterday, despite the fact that I have asked them to contact me earlier in the process” or “if I come home from work at night, my son has…..” Begin to identify how you can address the problems that you can influence (fill in form 2 below) Finally, consider the problems that lend themselves to immediate action, and determine which problems are suitable for future action and which difficulties cannot be changed.

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Stress Inventory Form 1 Identify five to seven concrete stress situations 1. I always have to rush in the morning to take my kids to school and be in time at work. I panic when the traffic is busy and I arrive at work late.

2. My manager comments on how I sort my mail, and I feel uncomfortable because he is not clear in what he wants.

3. Customer X always wants work done by yesterday, despite the fact that I have asked them to contact me earlier in the process.

4. If I come home from work at night, my son has never done his homework and only has been playing computer games. I worry about his grades in school. I have talked to him about this many times but it does not solve the problem.

5. If I have a busy day ahead I find it hard to fall asleep as I end up worrying and tossing and turning

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Stress Inventory Form 2 Consider how your problems can be solved and the chance that they can be solved: A: Problems that lend themselves to immediate action B: Problems that can be solved but are suitable for future action, for example that need support from others or you need to learn certain skills to solve these problems C: Difficulties that cannot be changed. Stress situation

Possible solution

1. I always have to rush in the morning to take my kids to school and be in time at work. I panic when the traffic is busy and I arrive at work late.

I can try and find carpool for my kids on a few days per week

2. My manager comments on how I sort my mail, and I feel uncomfortable because he is not clear in what he wants.

I can talk to my manager and explain B that I do not understand what he wants me to change in my way of working

3. Customer X always wants work done by yesterday, despite the fact that I have asked them to contact me earlier in the process. 4. If I come home from work at night, my son has never done his homework and only has been playing computer games. I worry about his grades in school. I have talked to him about this many times but it does not solve the problem.

I can talk to this customer again and if B this does not work I will ask my manager to talk to them

Chance B

I can talk to my supervisor if I can start later

I can talk to other parents; maybe he B can do homework there a few days per week.

I can do an evening walk for A 5. If I have a busy day ahead I find it distraction. I can write down what hard to fall asleep as I end up worries me and find solutions a few worrying and tossing and turning hours before I go to bed.I can have a piece of paper and pen besides my bed to write down what worries me 6. 7. 

Translated into English by S.E. Lagerveld and S Carolan (2011) 13

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SAMPLE HW - Sample of the Stress Inventory Homework Assignment