The ability to avoid stress effectively concerns how we avoid those initial anxiety perceptions and the key issue here is that often we don’t even realise we are getting stressed.

The ability to manage stress effectively (because it’s impossible NEVER to be stressed) relates to how we manage our response to that ‘fight or flight’ feeling.

Stressful situations snowball into a stressful life.  If stress is left untreated and increases over time, it can contribute to the onset of a variety of illnesses.  It has been my belief for some time that if we are not ‘at ease’ we are at ‘dis-ease.’


If you’re not sure what’s causing your stress, keep a diary. Whenever you feel stressed, make a note. Do this for 2-4 weeks. Then review it to spot the triggers.

Things you might want to write down include:

  • The date time and place of the stressful episode
  • What you were doing
  • Who you were with
  • How you felt emotionally
  • What you were thinking
  • What you started doing
  • How you felt physically

A stress rating between 0-10 (10 = the most stressed you could ever feel)

You can use the diary to:

  • Understand what triggers your stress – and therefore avoid similar circumstances
  • Recognise how you operate under pressure
  • Develop better coping mechanisms

This tool is something designed to develop awareness.

We CANNOT change something that we are not aware of.

Once you have figured out what kind of circumstances, situations or people stress you out, then you can find ways of either avoiding the trigger situations in the first place or learn to manage the stress more effectively, thereby reducing its impact.

Simplifying, minimizing, and slowing down are all ways we can create more peace in our daily lives and reduce the pressure we are putting on ourselves to keep up. Try to incorporate these tips into your daily routine and life will suddenly become more engaging and less stressful!