Stress decreases willpower, self control and weakens your resistance to old bad habits.
Stress comes primarily from four places:
The key to not giving into the caustic effects of stress is awareness. Being aware that you are experiencing stress and being aware that that stress might cause you to make bad decisions or engage in bad behaviors, wakes up the pre-frontal cortex, which typically shuts down or hibernates under stress.
Once the pre-frontal cortex is woken up, it can come to the rescue and stop you from making poor decisions or engaging on bad behavior. But the key is awareness to stress. Awareness is your superpower.
It puts you on the offensive against poor decisions and bad behavior.