Balance is extremely important when dealing with stress. When you look at your internal dashboard, do you see all green lights? Are there any red lights tipping you toward overload and stress?

My Dashboard ©Dr. Georges Sabonguf 2018
         
  Green
Healthy | Optimal
Yellow
Reacting | Stress
Orange
Injured | Burnout
Red
Illness | Depression |
Physical

Good Sleep

Good appetite, want to eat healthy

Want to take care of physical health

Rarely or never sick

Mild insomnia

Tired

Attracted to junk food often

Unmotivated
to exercise

Trouble relaxing without a drink

Moderate insomnia

Exhausted

Binge eating

Drinking too much alcohol or using drugs to relax

Various aches
and pains

Constantly sleeping or periods
of no sleep at all

Constant aching in body
Immune compromised: always sick

Trouble getting off the couch or getting out of bed

Only moments of relief come from excessive drinking or drugs, or over-the-counter medication

Mental

Mentally clear
Focused

Good concentration

Creative problem-solving

Sees solutions

Easily distracted

Excessive worry

Procrastination

Avoidance

Sees obstacles

Chronically preoccupied

Inability to concentrate
Impaired decision-making

Memory loss

Constant focus on problems

Always negative

Impaired judgment

Paralyzed decision-making

*Suicidal thoughts or actions

*If you’re having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately and call 911.

Emotional

Motivated

Excited

Good social network

Irritability

Loss of sense of humour

Discouraged

Impulsive

Seeing people
is a chore

Anger

Anxiety

Low mood

Overwhelmed

Avoid social situations

Apathy

Hopelessness or helplessness

Out of control: explosive-implosive, holding it all in

Feeling like a burden

Isolating yourself from friends, family, and your community

Strategies

Self care: physical, mental, and emotional

Serotonin boost

Take a work break or vacation

Reaching out to friends and family

Doing something to relax

Seeing your
family doctor

Peer support, assistance programs, mental health, first aid Professional or clinical support: doctor, psychologist


Let’s all take care of ourselves so we can continue to do what we enjoy most.