Unmasking the Stress Monster: Taming the Beast and Rediscovering Productivity


The notorious troublemaker that sneaks into our lives when we least expect it. It’s like that uninvited guest who overstays their welcome, draining our energy and sabotaging our lives.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of stress: understanding what it is, how it affects us, and why it can hinder our ability to be productive.

But fear not, for we shall also explore the magic of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and discover additional strategies to combat stress, reclaim our productivity, and lead happier lives. So, grab a cosy seat and let’s embark on this stress-busting adventure!

Unveiling the Stress Monster

Stress is a response triggered by our bodies when we encounter demanding or challenging situations.

It can arise from various sources – everything from fighting with the kids or partner, work deadlines, financial pressures, relationship conflicts, or even everyday hassles.

We have all felt the instant response when we are faced with some unexpected event.  It is no longer the saber tooth tiger, but it might be a near car accident or a big dog rushing up to the fence and barking ferociously.

When stress rears its ugly head, it unleashes a cascade of physiological and psychological effects.

Physiologically, stress stimulates the release of stress hormones like cortisol.  With the short-term stressors like the big dog, our heartbeat quickens, our breathing increases, we can get hot and sweaty and feel twitchy.  This is our body’s preparation to fight or run, which made sense when it was the tiger, but with the near car accident or all the other daily life stressors, we usually have to smile and wave and say sorry.  All those chemicals telling us to run or fight are still in our system.

And these hormones can wreak havoc on our bodies over time. It disrupts our sleep patterns, weakens our immune system, and can lead to various health issues.

Psychologically, stress clouds our judgment, impairs our memory and concentration, and drains our motivation. All these factors combine to create a perfect storm that inhibits our ability to be productive.

Stress: The Saboteur of Productivity

Stress and productivity have a complicated relationship. While a certain level of stress can motivate us and push us to excel, excessive and chronic stress can cripple our productivity. Here’s how:

  1. Reduced Focus: When stress takes hold, our ability to concentrate diminishes. We find ourselves easily distracted, unable to stay on task, and constantly jumping from one thing to another. This fragmented attention makes it challenging to complete our work efficiently.
  2. Impaired Decision-Making: Stress can cloud our judgment and impair our decision-making abilities. It becomes difficult to think clearly, evaluate options objectively, and make rational choices. This can lead to procrastination, indecision, and suboptimal outcomes. Part of the stress response in the body takes blood away from the frontal cortex of the brain which is a thinking centre and extra blood is sent to the parts of the body we need to run or fight. There is not a lot of need for extensive thinking when your life is in danger!
  3. Lack of Energy and Motivation: Chronic stress drains our energy reserves and dampens our motivation. Our body has been on high alert for too long and it is draining. We feel exhausted, lethargic, and find it challenging to summon the enthusiasm needed to tackle our tasks. This lack of energy becomes a major roadblock to our productivity.
  4. Overwhelm and Paralysis: When stress levels skyrocket, we may feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work or responsibilities. This overwhelm can paralyse us, leaving us stuck in a state of inaction, unable to make progress on our goals.

EFT: Unlocking the Door to Stress Relief

Enter Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a powerful tool for stress relief. EFT, also known as tapping, combines elements of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. By tapping on specific acupressure points while focusing on our stressors, we can unlock a wealth of benefits:

  1. Stress Reduction: EFT helps to calm the nervous system and reduce the levels of stress hormones in our bodies. By tapping, we release tension, restore balance, and experience a sense of calm.
  2. Emotional Release: Stress often brings forth a whirlwind of emotions. EFT allows us to acknowledge and release these emotions, freeing ourselves from their grip. This emotional release creates space for clarity and improved well-being.
  3. Increased Resilience: Regular practice of EFT enhances our resilience to stress. We develop a greater capacity to bounce back from challenges, adapt to change, and maintain our productivity even in the face of adversity.

Beyond EFT: Additional Strategies to Combat Stress

While EFT is a fantastic stress-busting tool, it’s not the only weapon in our arsenal. Here are a few additional strategies we can employ to combat stress and enhance our well-being:

  1. Mindfulness and Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness practices and meditation helps us cultivate a calm and centred state of mind. These techniques increase self-awareness, reduce stress, and improve overall mental clarity.
  2. Physical Activity: Regular exercise, be it a brisk walk, yoga, or any other physical activity, releases endorphins and promotes the reduction of stress hormones. It also serves as a healthy outlet for pent-up energy and frustration.
  3. Time Management and Prioritisation: Implementing effective time management techniques, such as creating schedules, setting realistic goals, and prioritizing tasks, helps reduce stress by providing a structured framework for our work.
  4. Self-Care and Relaxation: Taking time for self-care activities, such as engaging in hobbies, spending time with loved ones, practicing self-compassion, or indulging in relaxation techniques like deep breathing or taking soothing baths, nurtures our well-being and helps us recharge.


Stress may be an unwelcome guest, but we have the power to control it in our lives. By understanding the nature of stress, adopting tools like EFT, and implementing additional stress management strategies, we can regain control, banish the stress monster, and unlock our full potential for productivity and well-being.  Let’s embark on this stress-busting journey together and create a life filled with harmony, joy, and productivity. You’ve got this!