It’s hard to live without getting stressed sometimes; virtually impossible. However, it is possible to minimize it and to ‘catch it early.’

Simple keys to doing this are:

  1. BE CLEAR – Know what your goals are and what you want to achieve. Know what is most important. Also be clear what your values are. You may wonder how this might combat stress. Here’s an example: if Peace is important to you, you may think twice about getting angry about something small; if Happiness is important to you, you won’t want to spend a lot of energy on thinking about something which makes you feel unhappy. This sounds pretty obvious, but it happens. Another example – If you need to write a report or article by a deadline, you won’t want to spend a lot of time checking your emails!
  2. ENERGISE your goals and priorities. Make sure you spend the majority of your time and energy on these. It is easy to get distracted and do other things first ‘to get them out of the way’, sometimes leaving little or no time left for that on which you truly wish to focus.
  3. DISCOVER what is important. Draw a circle or a box. Make ‘compartments’ and, in each one, write down something which is important to you. This could be a quality (e.g. Health); an object (e.g. my car); a goal (to finish my book); or a person. Then take a look at how much time you spend on each of these; for some it may be none; for some, it may be too much! Adjust accordingly. Oh, and remember to include time for yourself!