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ABC's of Stress

The ABC’S of Stress Signs and Symptoms

A

Anxiety, apprehension, addiction, arguments, apathy, abuse

B

Boredom, back-biting, backache, blues, blahs

C

Colds, canker sores, claustrophobia, compulsiveness, crying spells, cynicism, claming up, conflict confusion

D

Drinking, drugs, depression, diarrhea, divorce, distrust, defensiveness

E

Edginess, emptiness, explosive temper, excuses, evasiveness, exhausted

F

Fear, forgetfulness, flu, fatigue, frustration, flushed face

G

Guilt, gas, grudges, gambling addictions, grief, griping, grouchy

H

Hopelessness, heart attack, high blood pressure, headaches, hurried

I

Indigestion, insomnia, irritability, irrational thoughts, indecision, intolerance

J

Judgmental stance, joylessness, jitters, juggling various tasks

K

Know-it-all attitude, knots in stomach or back, keyed up, knee-jerk reactions

L

Loneliness, lowered libido, lethargy, lashing out, lack of concentration

M

Muscle twitches, martyrdom, mood swings, marital conflict, melancholy

N

Nagging, negative attitude, nightmares, nervousness, needing to prove something

O

Ornery, out of touch, out of control, obligated, over-extended, overeater, overweight, overbearing, overachiever, oppositional, obsessive-compulsive

P

Panic, pounding heart, put-downs, poor judgment, pushing too hard, preoccupied

Q

Quiet, quick to take offense, questioning, queasy stomach, quivers, quarrelsome, qualms, quagmires of problems, quick-tempered

R

Rudeness, rash behavior, resentment, righteous indignation

S

Sulking, stewing, spiritual void, self-recriminations, stomach complaints, sleeplessness

T

Temper tantrums, too much to do, tension, trouble setting priorities

U

Unhappiness, unforgiving spirit, uncertainty, unproductive approach to work, unrealistic expectations, ulcers

V

Volatile, vague aches & pains, values confusion, vacillating, vertigo, violence

W

Weight gain/loss, whirling mind, worrying, wasting time, wallowing in self-pity

X

X-tra pounds, x-travagant living, x-cessive debts, x-cessess in many areas

Y

Yelling, yawns, "yeah-buts," yowling, yearning for yesterday

Z

Zillions of things undone, zero energy, zero tolerance

The ABC’s of Stress Management
A

Affirmations, assertiveness, acceptance, active, accomplishments, admits mistakes

B

Balancing roles & tasks, boundaries, bio-feedback (listen to your body)

C

Conflict resolution, commitment, confession, concern for self & others

D

Diversions, daydreaming, determination, dancing, doing it now

E

Exercise, expressing love & affection, examining priorities, enthusiasm

F

Faith, flexibility, fun, friendships, family, forgiveness, finding alternatives

G

God, getaways, goal-setting, give-and-take, grace under fire, guidance from others

H

Humor, hugs, healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyle, hobbies, home management

I

Imagination, individuality, information, insight, implements plans, intimacy

J

Joy, jogging, jazz, judicious decisions, joining organizations

K

Know yourself, keeping promises, knowledge, kisses, kneading dough, knitting

L

Listening, limits, learning, loving, labors of love, laughter, laid-back attitude

M

Meditation, music, money management, marital harmony, moderation

N

Networking, nutrition, nurturing self, nicotine-free, noticing progress, "no"

O

Openness to change, organization, objectivity, observant, opportunities taken

P

Prayer, praise, priorities, physical fitness, problem-solving, proper perspective

Q

Quiet time, quit when necessary, quick-witted, quality vs quantity, quilting

R

Rest, reading, relaxing, respect for self & others, rich relationships, realistic

S

Spirituality, surrender, sharing, support, seek help, soul-searching, smiling

T

Teamwork, togetherness, trust, touch, time management, taking charge of own problems

U

Utilizing unique talents, unity of purpose, utilizes available resources

V

Values self & others, versatility, visualization, values clarified, volunteers, vacations

W

Worship, wisdom, working smarter, weight management, waits patiently, walking

X

X-citement, x-celling, x-change of ideas, x-cursions, x-hilarated

Y

You, yawn, "yes" management, young-at-heart, yesterdays left in the past

Z

Zest for life, zero procrastination, zing, zip, zeal

 

Courtesy of:

Family Advocacy Outreach Manager
Bolling Air Force Base, DC

Last updated on 08 February 2001.