Break Your Stress Addiction In 5 Steps



When I gave up my daytime job and moved to the sunny mediterranean to work full-time on my two businesses, I was looking forward to a simpler, slower life. Several months in, I realised that I was still as stressed and busy as before.

I’ve spoken about our constant need to be busy before. Turns out it’s not just a habit, but an actual addiction. I’m not all zen just yet but have found ways to slowly break free and wean myself off, and I’ll share them with you in the following.

Your mission today is to lean how to break your addiction to stress.

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Task 1: Recognise whether you’re addicted


Stress is not just a concept, it manifests in physical reactions of the body that serve to ensure our survival. Adrenalin pumps through us, our pulse rate increases. We sweat more, sleep less, and are on the alert.

All very useful when you’re facing an imminent danger. As a permanent state, it’s absolutely catastrophic. We can even get addicted to the adrenalin, and as a society, we are. Some of the signs include:

  • Finding it hard to “switch off”
  • Thinking of work when you’re supposed to be resting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Compensating by overeating, over-exercising or similar methods
  • Endlessly watching mindless TV or scrolling through social media
  • Constantly thinking that you’ll “soon” slow down

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Task 2: Break your stress addiction


First of all: This will take time. I’m finding that just like with any other addiction, I must wean myself off my “drug”. Here are some steps I’ve found useful.

  1. A cut-off time for all media in the evening (TV, radio, internet, phone)
  2. Generous blocks of time for my passions
  3. Plenty of sleep
  4. Meeting another human face-to-face at least once a week
  5. Time spent in nature at least once a week