Addressing the causes of stress
- Identify what is contributing to the stress: Make a list of the things that are worrying you or talk it over with someone you trust to identify the main causes of stress.
- Manage your time as well as you can: List the things you need to do, prioritising the important ones. Don’t skip your breaks; Try not to agree to take on more than you can manage, share your workload where possible or ask for help if you need it.
- Address the problem: Look at the problem solving cycle below. First identify the problem itself and then work through each step.
Step #1: What is the problem?
- Define the problem clearly and simply
- Try to be objective and specific, describe the problem by what you can observe rather than subjective feelings
Step #2: Gather information
- What are all the factors involved?
- How does the problem involve or affect others?
- What contributes to the problem?
- What keeps the problem going?
- Is there anything that gets in the way of solving the problem (e.g. hopelessness, grief, motivation)?
Step #3: Redefine the problem
- After gathering all of the information the problem may look different
- What is the situation now?
- What would you like it to be?
Step #4: Generate possible solutions
- What have you tried so far?
- What have other people tried in this situation?
- Brainstorm all and any solutions
Step #5: Choose the best solution
- Think forward... list the consequences / barriers / obstacles for each potential solution
- Do you still need more information?
- Choose the best option
Step #6: Plan your action
- Do you need help from anyone?
- Make a step-by-step plan of action – what, when, who, where & how…
- Implement the plan
Step #7: Review and refine
- Is it working?
- What is working?
- What is not working?
- What do you need to adjust in the plan?
- Do you need to get more information or manage any blocks?