How stressful is your world? Everyone has stress. That's a normal part of life. All too often though, pervasive stress creeps up on us before we realize it. Once this escalating stress locks onto us, our performance can rapidly take a nose-dive. You can't afford that.
In my years working as a stress management and peak performance consultant, I've seen six stages of "stress":
Unfortunately, many of us live in the unhealthy stages 2-4 and consider them "normal".
It's time to stop being a member of the walking wounded and reclaim healthful ways of living and working. The first step in getting out of the stress line of fire is to become aware of critical warning signs. Notice when you are beginning to feel overwhelmed and you can begin to reclaim control.
THE OVERWHELM QUOTIENT QUIZ
Take this quick quiz to find your Overwhelm Quotient (OQ). Check any item that applies to you.
You Might Be Starting To Enter The Overwhelm Zone If:
YOUR OVERWHELM QUOTIENT SCORE (OQ)
1-5 warning signs mean you may be going through a stressful period or you have some poor personal and work habits that need attention.
5-10 warning signs mean you are probably in brownout. You are in continually high stress mode and have some habits that are adding to your stress.
10-20 warning signs mean you are in burn-out, yet this mode of existence may now seem "normal" and "the way required to do business".
20 or more warning signs mean you are in major self-destruct mode and should probably get to a professional who can help you right away.
Being overwhelmed is no way to live life. Don't accept anything less than a full, vibrant work life and fulfilling personal life. The first line of defense in stopping escalating stress is to become aware of your impending signs of overwhelm.