Stress Makes You Do Bad Things

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Stress decreases willpower, self control and weakens your resistance to old bad habits.

Stress comes primarily from four places:

  1. Work
  2. Family
  3. Finances
  4. Health

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.



  1. Diane on May 25, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Really loved this short article. Insightful and straight to the point. I didn’t realize that stress typically comes from from four areas. Thanks again!

  2. Mike A. on May 25, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    This happened to my brother. When he was going through a very stressful family situation, he made a financial decision he normally wouldn’t have done…and he lost $300,000.

  3. Muhammad Asif Saleem on May 26, 2021 at 2:06 AM

    I have a question, how does we know that our pre-frontal cortex has awaken and now it will stop us to make poor bad decisions. Please explain the way to work on our pre-frontal cortex, is it possible through thinking positive or through experiences of other people or anything else you may better explain I have no solid idea about it.

    • pwsadmin on May 26, 2021 at 11:18 AM

      We all feel stress. But most everyone does not stop and recognize that they are in the midst of a stress. Making a daily habit of recognizing stress, when it is occurring, forces you to become aware of stress. Once you become aware, then you can engage in the activities I mentioned to mitigate the stress and re-engage your pre-frontal cortex.