All three tests placed me in higher stress, which was not surprising. In The Hassles Scale, my score was 121. I appreciated this scale because it gives more options to determine how certain situations affect you. As for The Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, I scored above 300 and what I liked about this “survey” was the variety of questions, but unlike The Hassles Scale, it only offers yes or no questions. Finally, for the Locus of Control, I found it a combination of The Hassles Scale and The Holmes-Rahe. In The Locus of Control, I did get a more precise illustration of how I typically approach life influences. I scored 7/intermediate which means that I have inconsistent views about the degree to which I control my fate and that I likely believe that I have control on my fate in some areas of my life, while simultaneously considering that I have little power in other areas.
When I take a look at the activities from this past week, it becomes so clear that I how I choose to conduct my affairs in life not only is not sustainable, but it is undoubtedly putting my health at risk. I took a position as a long-term sub in my town’s high school, and this has been an incredibly stressful year. The demands couple with my lack of experience on how to better tackle classroom management, building curriculum, grading, parents, among many other factors, feel utterly overwhelming — and that is just my work life. I have not been able to meet deadlines for two of the classes that I am taking, which is anxiety producing. Additionally, I have not been able to take care of my physical and mental health in ways that make me better prepared to deal with whatever life throws at you on a day to day basis. As I was reading the book selected for this course, I was surprised to identify myself with type A traits as well as alarmed since the book describes how such personality is linked to cardiovascular disease.
This course has been so instrumental because this is one most challenging times I have ever faced. In reading the article by Carver and Connor-Smith, I became envious of the ability of some individuals’ personality traits determines how they will expose themselves to stress. I am certainly not the person who shows characteristics of conscientiousness and plans for the future, which doesn’t place me in a position that would avoid stressful outcomes propel by impulsive behaviors.
However, school ends on Tuesday, and I will likely be able to balance my life in a way that feels healthy emotionally, physically, and mentally. It will be a priority not to fall victim of the Selye report and increase my ability to withstand that same stress in more significant amounts.
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