Most days, I have at least a few thoughts that I feel I cannot control about how overwhelmed I feel.
I frequently find myself telling friends and family members how incredibly stressed I feel.
When faced with high levels of stress, I tend to emotionally and physically shut down.
I know that I need to make some major changes to reduce my overall stress, however, I have not yet done so.
I am sure that other people are much better at coping with stress than I am.
I often find myself dropping one of the many balls that I try to juggle.
In the past month at least one person has told me that I need to learn how to relax and find ways to de-stress.
When I become overwhelmed with responsibilities, I often sacrifice my own wellbeing in order to keep up. For instance, I stop exercising, preparing healthy meals, or spending time with friends.
When it comes to completing the mundane tasks of life, such as paying a bill, I often find myself daydreaming, procrastinating, or doing a mindless activity.
I frequently overeat or eat unhealthy foods when I am feeling stressed out.
I often find myself overwhelmed, wondering if I have the capacity to tackle all my responsibilities and thinking, “maybe I’m just not capable of dealing with so much.”
When I feel weighed down, I tend to take it out on others by acting irritable, annoyed, or inpatient.
When feeling a high degree of stress, I find that I drink more than two drinks with caffeine or alcohol per day to either pick-me-up or make me feel more relaxed.
It is typical for me to avoid dealing with important activities if they make me feel uncomfortable, nervous, or frustrated.
I do not rely on any supportive people because I am afraid that they will not understand what I’m going through or that they are so busy with their own lives that they will not want to hear what I’m going through.
Stress can cause me to become uncharacteristically irritable and quick-tempered. My reactions can range from raising my voice on the highway to snapping at my family and friends and squabbling with coworkers.
I know that I need to relax, and sometimes I try to, but I find that I do not know how to unwind.
Despite my best efforts to be a master problem solver, I find myself struggling on occasion.
Others have told me that I engage in poor coping behaviors that do not really help me to cope.
On a typical day, my mind often feels overwhelmed as I attempt to figure out how best to balance all of the things that need to be done.
I'm in need of some inspiration to find activities that will bring me peace, joy and foster connection with others.
Some people close to me have recently told me that I am not my usual self.
I start to have physical problems when I feel stressed, such as headaches, stomachaches, or muscle tension that I am not able to relieve naturally.
Feeling overwhelmed by too much on my plate, I struggle to choose which tasks take precedence. I often feel like I need to do everything right away.
When I feel stressed, I tell myself that I should get more sleep, but am often not able to.
I avoid talking with people about all that I need to do because I am so behind that I think it would be pointless to get into it.
My coworkers or friends have said that I sometimes struggle to remain focused and deliver my best work under pressure and when facing a tight timeline.
When life gets overwhelming, I let things pile up. The laundry piles up, papers on my desk stack up, meanwhile, phone calls eagerly await their return.
I am sure that I am not someone who handles life’s many pressures as well as other people do. Despite my attempts to keep up with the pressures of everyday living, they sometimes become too much for me. While others may seem to carry life's burdens with ease, I find myself struggling to remain resilient under the weight of its pressures.
Often I think I am coping well with a stressful life, only to have something happen and reveal that I am not as strong a juggler of stressors as I thought.