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Are You a Stress Puppy?

By Barbara Bartlein

How are you managing your stress in this “age of anxiety?”  Check which of these symptoms apply to you.

  • Do you feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough?
  • Do you feel like you must give more than 100% on everything you do or else you will be mediocre or even a failure?
  •  Do you start getting anxious about work even on your off days or vacation?
  • Do you have a fear of making mistakes?
  • Do you find that you have a lot of “shoulds” for yourself and others?
  • Do co-workers and other people in your life complain about how stressed you are?
  • Do you routinely have trouble sleeping?
  • Do you get stomach aches or other GI symptoms when you go to work?
  • Are you short tempered with others around you?
  • Do you get easily frustrated with others because they seem more relaxed than you?
  • Do you feel that others don't appreciate how hard you are working?
  • Have you ever had symptoms of a panic attack, i.e. heart pounding, shortness of breath, cold or clammy feel, and anxious feeling?
  • Do you feel like you need to micromanage those around you?
  • Do you feel threatened by younger or talented co-workers?
  • Have others complained that you are a “control freak?”
  • Are you pessimistic about yourself, your life, and the world?
  • Do you think your are judgmental of others?
  • Are you generally happy with your life?

If you answer “yes” to these questions, it is time to consider whether you are a perfectionist and stress puppy.  Learn new techniques to relax and be good to yourself.

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