Periodic Self-Assessment Essay
Recently, I have experienced stress because of illnesses to my friends or their spouses. In the last six months, my good friend died of cancer within a six-month diagnosis; another good friend’s husband is meeting with a surgeon as I write this because he has prostate cancer; a co-worker’s husband who is 30 has just been diagnosed with cancer, and a small child in our church has been diagnosed with cancer. As I address these stressors, sometimes I feel like I am in a firing line waiting for the bullet to hit while at the same time I have to be a supportive person for my friends and their spouses.
I cope with stress by eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. I run half-marathons, so there are many training days where I run from 45 minutes up to a couple of hours. During this time I think to help pass the time. I process issues with my clients and myself and brainstorm as I run. I usually feel debriefed after I run and am able to let go of things that have been bothering me. Additionally, I share and talk with my husband. We have a very connected relationship and just verbalizing things helps me analyze and resolve issues. To help with my task-oriented characteristic, I plan my week and incorporate fun activities, mindless activities, and times just “to be.” If I do not plan ahead, I will