1. What are your major sources of stress? What types of problems do these create for you? Some of my major stresses right now are the fact that I don’t have a job. I am worried about my fiancé and her health problems that she is dealing with. Another stressor is making sure my children have a Christmas. The biggest problem this creates for me is the stress it puts on my relationship because I am stressed and take things out on people around me. Another problem that it causes is the fact that I am so irritated I can’t concentrate on anything. 2. What are you currently doing to cope with your sources of stress? One thing that I am doing to cope with my stress is making sure I take my medication. The other thing that I am doing to cope with my stress is that I am trying to take things one at a time. I should be getting counseling but with everything else I have on my plate I am unable too. 3. Select two coping strategies from the chapter that you'd like to try and explain how they may be helpful to you in dealing with stress. Provide examples of each. One coping strategy that I would like to try are: Taking charge of the situation. This could be helpful to me if I could get things in order as to what needs to be done first. The other strategy that I would like to use is: Talking to friends and family. This could be helpful by giving me the help that I need to get through everything. Taking charge of the situation would mean for me to get everything into perspective. If I have too many things on my plate, maybe I can get someone to help me depending on what the situation is. Talking to friends and family could help if I would just learn to talk to them. My fiancé is one for sure that I should be talking to because of us being in this together. I know she would be willing to help me through everything that she can possibly help me with.
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