Day 1: Creating your Resiliency Roadmap

Apr 29, 2020 | Dona Locke | @DrDonaLocke | Comments (12)

Road to Resilience

Welcome to day 1 of our three-week-long personalized resiliency roadmap building!  Take a look at my last post to get the introduction!  I look forward to your reactions and comments along the way.

For today, my goal is to have you reflect on, recognize, and document your personal signs of stress.

Signs of stress

There are many, many symptoms of stress and we each experience our own individual combination of symptoms that are a reflection of being under stress. Physical, emotional, cognitive (thinking), and behavioral changes can all be signs of stress. Some of us may be very good at recognizing these signs and symptoms and acting on them to manage stress. Some of us may take longer to recognize changes in these areas as symptoms of stress. So, for today, I'd like you to reflect on the list and category of symptoms below and identify which you experience when you are under stress. I encourage you to discuss and share these reflections with family and loved ones. It will not only help YOU recognize stress in yourself, but it may help others recognize when you are under pressure and reach out a helping hand. You may not experience symptoms from all of these categories (or maybe you do). Personally, I tend to experience muscle tension (especially in my neck and jaw), irritability, snap at others, and overwork when I'm feeling stressed. I rarely experience cognitive symptoms. How about you, what do you experience in your body, emotions, thoughts, and actions when you are under stress?

Try printing the form below and recording your responses. Would family members add other signs?  Recognizing that you are feeling stress is the first step in launching your resiliency road map! We'll continue on with recognizing stress on Friday, and then begin some stress management tools the after that. See you soon!

Stress SIgns


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I can't speak for MCI, but I have had Lyme Disease for two years. Insomnia is one of the symptoms. I have a very understanding PC. He put me on daily Ambein. It works Great!
During this time we are in I have gotten a couple of books on dealing with Lyme for my own research. Even some the the Holistic doctors recomend using Ambien and Lunesta!
Rest and a Good Nights Sheep are paramont in dealing with the side effects of Lyme.
Was told a long time ago the two most important things our body needs is water and sleep!


Sleep disturbance is a major condition I'm experiencing at this time of stress and anxiety. It affects my entire day keeping me from doing the things I always enjoyed doing. I do not want to rely on medicated sleep aides. Do you have any suggestions that would help me have a good night's sleep?

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Hi @0616. I'm sorry to hear you are not sleeping well. You may find this discussion group interesting:
- Sleeping Well During Anxious Times

In addition I previously wrote an article that is my top 10 list of tips for quality sleep and you could find that here.

I also anticipate that next week in this series I'll be providing some more tools (apps mostly) and one of those is a sleep app called CBT-I. It is free to download and use.

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