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Stress is prevalent in today’s society and plays a large part in mental and physical illness.  It can be a vicious circle as the more stressed a person is, the more it affects their health.  Thinking becomes irrational which also contributes to increased stress.

  • Try to identify the unhealthy negative emotion and name it eg anxiety, depression,  unhealthy anger, jealousy, envy, hurt, shame, guilt.
  • Ask yourself what are your irrational beliefs:
  1. What are you demanding?
  2. Are you telling yourself that you can’t stand something?
  3. Are you putting yourself down?
  4. Are you putting someone else down?
  • Attempt to change your irrational beliefs into rational beliefs.
  • Repeat these rational beliefs to yourself until your stress levels decrease.

It is important to:

  • Not run away from your emotions.  Allow yourself to feel them and relax into them rather than try to get rid of them.
  • Do the things that frighten you.  The more you do them the less frightened you will be.  Avoidance will make your fear grow.
  • Focus on your breathing.  Calm, shallow breathing will reduce your stress.
  • Drop your shoulders.  This will help you to feel relaxed.
  • Unclench your hands.  Tightened fists will increase feelings of anger and depression.


The views expressed here are the author’s and are intended for general guidance only.