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Do you have a stress plan?



Do you know your warning signs of stress? For me, it’s the clenched jaw that keeps me from saying what I want to say, or the clenched hands that keep me from reaching out. Instead, I stand in a professional stance while my brain screams — are you crazy. If I don’t find a solution, the next stage includes a tightening of the neck and shoulder muscles and sometimes a headache that could go to a migraine. What are yours? If you know the early signs, you can stop it before it becomes more debilitating.

Do you know your sources of stress? Are you trying to do too much? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating correctly? Are you allowing others to take advantage of you? Once you know the sources, you can create a plan to minimize them.

What are your stress relief strategies? Do you exercise regularly? Do you take stretch breaks from your computer? Do you determine boundaries and stick to them? Others cannot control your stress for you. You must make a plan that works for you. Others cannot do it for you.

What are the obstacles do you face when trying to reduce your stress? Does overwork have you reaching for a chocolate bar or a bag of chips instead of taking a break and doing some exercises or heading home for time with family and a good night’s sleep? Do you order pizza or hit the drive through instead of eating clean because it’s easier, quicker, and cheaper. Only you can decide to remove the obstacles to reduce the stress.

Rewards are important. Once you’ve reduced the stress and are living a healthier, happier life, remember to reward yourself for making the healthy habit changes.




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

3 thoughts on “Do you have a stress plan?

  1. I have this problem, I’m trying to figure out a way to immediately relieve myself in moments of stress, but so far haven’t found anything yet. Hopefully I’ll get there soon!

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