By Diana Percy

What problems does an grownup returning to review face? What pressures will they think, on themselves, their relationships, kinfolk, office, associates and social existence. Their funds and healthiness may also endure. yet returning to review can be the simplest choice somebody could make so it's a tragedy whilst an grownup scholar succumbs to those very genuine pressures. it is a useful instruction manual to steer the reader in the course of the pitfalls and pressures.

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Obviously it is helpful to know what your own peak performance level is and to recognise the signs of going beyond that level. · 'Laid-back' type type 'Laid-back' 44 People who thrive on stress can be labelled 'fast-laners'. It's their nature to live in high gear in the fast lane and they love it. Their opposites are more laid-back, preferring a slower and more relaxed lifestyle and requiring a lower level of stress to be productive and satisfied. However, just as too much stress leads to over-stress, so does too little.

The questionnaire below will help you identify specific problem areas that need your attention. Self-rating Stress Scale Mark the frequency with which you have experienced each item listed below over the last three months using the following rating: 0 =Never 1 = Sometimes 2 = Frequently 3 = Constantly • Depression • Accidents • Loss of appetite • Indigestion • Worry over approaching deadlines • Angry outbursts • Heavy drinking • Constipation • Allergies • Nervousness • Sweaty palms 46 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Feeling overwhelmed by having too much to do High blood pressure Depression Vomiting Heavy smoking Nightmares Frequently forgetting things Headaches Cold hands or feet Feeling nervous Anxiety about exams Over-eating Pre-menstrual tension Nausea Infections Irritability Muscle tension Dwelling on past failures Feeling constantly tired Diarrhoea Racing heartbeat Worry about study Dryness in the mouth Loss of libido Increased drug use Sleeping too much Stomach ulcer Hyperventilating Rashes Constantly thinking about shortcomings If you marked more than two or three items 'constantly', or marked an abundance of items 'sometimes' or 'frequently', you are over-stressed and need to take control of your situation by making some changes in your life.

You may find it easier to see how you reinforce doubts about yourself. Do you get any pictures of yourself unable to cope with the work, unable to concentrate or find time? Or perhaps you see yourself not understanding, not being competent or intelligent enough. Whatever way you affirm your self-doubts, the spin-off is to experience uncomfortable and negative feelings, like guilt, depression and resentment, all of which have their own accompanying inertia. Maybe you hear self-effacing statements more frequently, or imagine situations where you're not coping more often, which makes you feel worse.

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