There are many situations we encounter in the dental practice that cause us stress: difficult relationships with co-workers and patients, financial situations and unexpected daily events and mishaps. Stress can’t be eliminated completely, nor do we want to eliminate it completely. Some stress is healthy and propels us toward greater productivity. It’s when stress becomes too excessive in our practice for us to manage, that it causes emotional instability and personal problems.
The first step in controlling stress in the office is to assess the emotional makeup of the practice and our ability to react to stress provoking situations. It’s only then we can take steps to create emotional stability and tranquility in the office setting.
Directions: Rate each statement on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 beingvirtually not at all, and 5 being absolutely true. Place your number on the lineprovided total your score at the end of each section. Remember the goal of theassessment is to give you a starting point for your journey to success. Don't bedisappointed if you fall short of perfect scores at this point in time. Yourscores will increase as you make progress on your journey to Total Success. Interpretation of the scores will be discussed at the conclusion of the section.Professional Emotional Health Assessment