Change affects everyone in different ways, but it takes self-awareness to be able to identify how change affects you. For this Self-Coaching Corner, let’s look at three of the most common ways we react to change: depression, anxiety, and stress.

Because depression can be the most serious of the topics, let’s start by assessing if you may be depressed. Ask yourself the following questions. Answer yes if you’ve been feeling this way consistently over a period of two weeks.

How Are
You Coping
with Change?

SELF-COACHING CORNER

If you answered “Yes” to five or more of these questions, you may benefit from the help of a professional mental health provider.

Depression Assessment

Do you find yourself constantly feeling sad?


Are you unmotivated to do simple things like shower, clean up the house, or make dinner?


Do people tell you that you’re overly irritable?


Do you have trouble concentrating?


Are you feeling isolated from family and friends even when they are around you?


Have you lost interest in your favorite activities?


Do you feel hopeless, worthless, or guilty for no reason at all?


Are you always tired and have trouble sleeping?


Has your weight fluctuated significantly?

If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, then you may have excessive stress in your life. In addition to the many valuable stress coping techniques in our resources, seeking the assistance of a professional mental health provider may help alleviate your feelings of stress.

Stress Assessment

Do you worry constantly and cycle with negative self- talk?

Do you have difficulty concentrating?

Do you get mad and react easily?

Do you have recurring neck pains or headaches?

Do you grind your teeth?

Do you frequently feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed?

Do you feed your stress with unhealthy habits-eating or drinking excessively, smoking, arguing, or avoiding yourself and life in other ways?

Do small pleasures fail to satisfy you?

Do you experience flashes of anger over minor problems?

Answering “Yes” to more than four of these questions may indicate an anxiety disorder. You may benefit from the help of a professional mental health provider.

Anxiety Assessment

Do you experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or shaking while at rest?

Do you have a fear of losing control?

Do you avoid social situations because of fear?

Do you have fears of specific objects?

Do you fear that you will be in a place or situation from which you cannot escape?

Do you feel afraid of leaving your home?

Do you have recurrent thoughts or images that refuse to go away?

Do you feel compelled to perform certain activities repeatedly?

Do you persistently relive an upsetting event from the past?

Change affects everyone in different ways, but it takes self-awareness to be able to identify how change affects you. For this Self-Coaching Corner, let’s look at three of the most common ways we react to change: depression, anxiety, and stress.

Because depression can be the most serious of the topics, let’s start by assessing if you may be depressed. Ask yourself the following questions. Answer yes if you’ve been feeling this way consistently over a period of two weeks.

How Are
You Coping
with Change?

SELF-COACHING CORNER

Depression Assessment

Do you find yourself constantly feeling sad?


Are you unmotivated to do simple things like shower, clean up the house, or make dinner?


Do people tell you that you’re overly irritable?


Do you have trouble concentrating?


Are you feeling isolated from family and friends even when they are around you?


Have you lost interest in your favorite activities?


Do you feel hopeless, worthless, or guilty for no reason at all?


Are you always tired and have trouble sleeping?


Has your weight fluctuated significantly?

If you can answer “Yes” to five or more of these questions, you need to seek out the help of a professional health provider.

Stress Assessment

Do you worry constantly and cycle with negative self- talk?

Do you have difficulty concentrating?

Do you get mad and react easily?

Do you have recurring neck pains or headaches?

Do you grind your teeth?

Do you frequently feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed?

Do you feed your stress with unhealthy habits-eating or drinking excessively, smoking, arguing, or avoiding yourself and life in other ways?

Do small pleasures fail to satisfy you?

Do you experience flashes of anger over minor problems?

If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, then you may have excessive stress in your life. In addition to the many valuable stress coping techniques in our resources, seeking the assistance of a professional mental health provider may help alleviate your feelings of stress.

Answering “Yes” to more than four of these questions may indicate an anxiety disorder. You may benefit from the help of a professional mental health provider.

Anxiety Assessment

Do you experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or shaking while at rest?

Do you have a fear of losing control?

Do you avoid social situations because of fear?

Do you have fears of specific objects?

Do you fear that you will be in a place or situation from which you cannot escape?

Do you feel afraid of leaving your home?

Do you have recurrent thoughts or images that refuse to go away?

Do you feel compelled to perform certain activities repeatedly?

Do you persistently relive an upsetting event from the past?

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