Managing Stress (Part D)

by Patrick Liew on July 21, 2011

Research in positive psychology has proven that journaling can help us cope better with challenges in life. It can also improve our overall well-being.

Since young, I have always kept some kind of a diary. I have recorded reflections about my life.

I believe that everything in life happened for a reason and purpose. I endeavor to look for meaning, values and lessons in every experience.

They tell me that this is a part of Action Learning – one of the best methods for learning and improvements.

 I share these reflections with my colleagues and friends and by doing so, I further reinforced these lessons in my life.

Journaling also helps me to have clarity about the sources of my stress. It helps me to reflect on my thoughts, feelings and actions.

As a result, it compels me to analyse how I had managed stress and to find better ways to resolve it.

Over the years, I have learned there are five major ways to manage stress.

  1. Alleviate.             I can strengthen myself to better manage my stress.
  2. Accept.                 I can learn how to accept and live with stress.
  3. Avoid.                   I can take myself out of the stressful experience.
  4. Adapt.                  I can accept what I cannot change and change my response to it.
  5. Attack.                  I can change the sources of my stress and the situation I’m in.

To manage stress effectively, I need to apply a combination of these ways at different points in my life.

More importantly, with the help of our Creator, I must believe I can effectively manage stress. If He is for me, nothing can stand against me.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we position ourselves in a better way to handle stress?


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