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October 2008

 

Stress Management: Are you The Car Without Brakes?

Gratefully adapted with permission from Michael Bryant, President of Career Transition Services who can be reached at (410) 444-5857.

We experience stress from a variety of sources.  We bring some of that stress upon ourselves.  Lets examine one way we experience stress: The Car Without Brakes.

The Behaviors:

  • I charge through meals, eat on the run, eat junk food, or skip meals altogether.
  • My motto is  "lead, follow, or get out of the way!"
  • I don't understand why some people are so slow.
  • I consistently drive at least ten miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • I often miss small but important functions (office birthday parties, my kid's school functions) to avoid falling further behind in my work.
  • I use caffeine or other stimulants to stay alert and alcohol or other substances to unwind.
  • I have not taken a vacation in the last year.
  • I routinely go to work when I don't feel well.
  • It has been three years or more since I've had a complete physical.

The Problems:

  • If you are not careful, you will push yourself to the point of burnout.   Burnout is the condition in which we feel physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually bankrupt.
  • Your lack of attention to personal relationships could cause irreparable damage.
  • You could shorten your life.
  • The stress you place on yourself could cause you to become judgmental and cynical.
  • Others may get tired of trying to please you and avoid you altogether.
  • Your unreasonable demands might cause you to feel “a day late and a dollar short.”

Some Solutions:

  • Lighten up.  Stop.  Slow down.
  • Work smart: do the hardest jobs when you have the most energy.
  • Spend more time asking “why?” and less time asking “what?” and “how?”
  • Take breaks.  Plan them into your day.  
  • Learn to view breaks as a necessary part of your day not as a reward.
  • Tell the important people in your life how you feel about them.
  • It’s okay to stop and go home.  Most of the work will be there when you come back.
  • Remember, you’ll die not having finished something.
  • If you don’t finish something ask yourself  “What will it matter when I’m 95?”

Michael Bryant - Corporate Trainer

Has twenty years experience facilitating organizational change by teaching how to improve communication, share accurate information, and involve others in decisions.  He can be reached by phone at (410) 444-5857 or by e-mail at mb3126@gmail.com

 



 

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