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Roadblocks to Change

Stressed OutWhen perceived demands exceed resources, a person experiences unhealthy stress.  It can disrupt life, relationships, sleep, and work performance.  It has been associated with a weak immune system, which in turn can result in frequent illnesses, and it can lead to many diseases.  In fact, it has been linked to the six leading causes of death in North America, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, accidents, and diabetes. 

It’s nice to know what the sources or triggers of stress are in your life, and how your body responds to stress, and positive steps or changes that would help reduce stress.  But that knowledge will do nothing to help you reduce stress unless you take action. 

Taking action is where some of us get stuck.  We get caught in that gap between what we know and what we do.  For example, we get caught in the gap between what we know and what we do with regard to food choices and eating habits, physical activity and exercise, money or time management, or any number of other things.  In that gap is our reason, rationale, or excuse for not making the better, healthier, wiser choice. 

So let’s figure out what is holding us back.  What are the barriers or roadblocks to taking action or making the changes that would make a big difference for us?  Might it be any of these:

                *Not sure what to do:  Not knowing where or how to start, needing ideas

                *Attitude:  Thinking things won’t or can’t change and using negative self-talk
                *Unrealistic goals:  Setting ourselves up for failure by choosing stress-reduction activities that
                 are too involved, to complicated, too time consuming, or too expensive
                *Lack of support: Not reaching out to others who could help, support, or encourage you and
                 hold you to accountability
                *Procrastinating:  Postponing stress-reduction activities and putting them off until too far
                 into the future when you need them now

Focus on identifying what your roadblocks or barriers might be, and take steps to overcome them or remove them.  

If you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees would like to learn more about this topic through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop, give me a call.  NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and we are here to serve you!

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