Keeping a Job
How do I help my family member prepare for stress problems on the job?
Before beginning a job it is a good idea for the person to ask questions such as:
- What is likely to make me feel stressed on the job?
- What are my best (past) techniques for managing stress?
- What do I do when I feel stressed about something at work?
- How can I build my stress hardiness so that when “trouble comes my way” I am prepared?
You can help your family member reflect on these questions and think about the answers, maybe keep a journal of what is causing stress and what is helping to relieve stress.
The following three attitudes about stress hardiness can make a difference in whether one can maintain hardiness. Your family member can discuss these attitudes with his/her Employment Specialist or Job Coach and think of ways to strengthen them:
- The Commitment attitude leads people to strive to be involved in ongoing activities and events, rather than feeling isolated.
- The Control attitude leads people to work towards outcomes, rather than lapse into powerlessness.
- The Challenge attitude views stress related changes, whether positive or negative, as opportunities for new learning. (Maddi)