Daniel’s Journey to be Stress Free

Daniel’s Journey to be Stress Free

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Welcome to Quit Stressing!stress relief

I am a father of two and have been a business professional since the mid-1990s. I’ve been lucky to have a great family and a fulfilling career.

As my kids grew older and my career got heavier with responsibilities, stress and anxiety really started to impact my life.

I’m a guy. That means I’m not supposed to open up about things like stress. Suck it up as they say.

Well I’m bucking the trend.

I am going to share with you stress relief methods that have worked for me. I’m also going to let you know about ideas that have worked for people just like you and I. Too often we ignore stress and the impact it can have on not just our lives, but those around us.

I’m glad you’re here. I hope you don’t wait as long as I did to begin managing stress. Life is too short.

My Journey

I’ve been an IT professional since the mid-90’s. I spent 14 years working for one of the largest IT firms on the planet and worked in a high-pressure, fast moving territory in Canada. I left my job in 2011 to start my own business with 3 partners and a plan to chase the dream. It has been a combination of the most rewarding and stressful time of my life.

Paralleling my professional career was the raising of a family. Home life was as fast paced as work. Baseball, guitar, drums, soccer, football and endless school activities kept us busy well into the evening virtually every night for 10 years! I loved it all, but there was no down time.

I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. Every working parent runs from dusk until dawn. My wife and I both have careers but we wanted to be there for every kid-event we could (and we made most of them). We managed, we coached and we dealt with recurring parent drama associated with competitive sport.

At about this time my parents started going through significant health issues occupying what little mind space I had left.

In short, my life pattern was full of deadlines, drama and short-term experiences that brought with it pressure packed moments. In other-words, I was mixed into a perfect recipe for stress.

This is life. This is regular stuff. I get it.

But then I started getting headaches. You know the ones. Right across the forehead (usually on my right side). My sleep patterns got out of whack. I started feeling exhausted – all the time. My blood pressure shot up. Even my eyesight was acting funny. And I would go through days or weeks of feeling blue. Looking back, I probably had anxiety caused by stress.

But I ignored this all for years. Like I said, I’m a dude. I can handle it, right?

Well, maybe not.

One day about two years ago I felt like I couldn’t move when the alarm went off. I couldn’t get out of bed. I wanted to hide. The stress of work and the weight of everything else seemed to be pinning me to my bed. I just wanted to give up.

I stayed home that day and as the morning went by, I started searching my symptoms online. And my eyes began opening. It began my journey to being with you here today.


Look, if you are having any symptoms I described above, please seriously consider going to see a medical professional. It’s completely normal and not a sign of weakness. Stress and anxiety can be dangerous and you need to treat it seriously.

Once I recognized what I was dealing with, I put a plan in place to manage the stress I was experiencing. I also visited a medical professional. We decided that much of what I was experiencing could be dealt with naturally. So that was the path I have taken.

I control my stress with a number of ideas  we talk about here at QuitStessing.com. Most of them are things that don’t cost any (or much) money. They include;

  • Simply being aware of my feelings in high pressure situations
  • Mindful breathing
  • Eating better
  • Exercising
  • Meditating
  • Taking a break(s)
  • Limiting social media
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Spending more time outside
  • Reading books (not on a tablet or iPad)
  • and more…


Stress can be managed and it’s often not difficult. Life is too short to do anything else.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. And if you have any stress relief tips that work for you, drop me a line and we can share it with our readers who just might be going through the same things we are!

You can do this. Just take a breath and read on.

All the best,

Daniel James

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