Take Charge of Your Stress
By taking charge of our stress, we can deal with the stressors of our everyday lives. Try these simple suggestions to start taking charge!

• Make a list of what’s going on in your life and prioritize what is really important. Take time to look at the big picture and ask yourself, “Will this really matter in a week, a month, a year?”
• List your values. Do your values match up with the list of things that are causing stress in your life (i.e. would it make decision making easier to choose to do things based on your value system)?
• Check your timing: figure out what you can and cannot let go of now.
• Make an action plan and do it! This can mean prioritizing, delegating tasks, setting aside time for yourself, learning how to say “no” to others, etc.
You may also wish to utilize a short, 10 question instrument to evaluate your stress:

Perceived Stress Scale
A more precise measure of personal stress can be determined by using a variety of instruments that have been designed to help measure individual stress levels. One of these is called the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). The PSS is a classic stress assessment instrument. The tool, while originally developed in 1983, remains a popular choice for helping us understand how different situations affect our feelings and our perceived stress.

*This instrument and instructions may be found here.