In order to manage stressors effectively, so you avoid accelerating your biological age, identify each stressor and place it into one of three general categories. Distress can be defined as undesirable and often outright negative stressors. You want to avoid as many of these negative stressors as possible. Distress includes events and situations such as: being fired or laid off, bankruptcy, earthquake or other natural disaster, divorce, any type of abuse, accidents, chronic illness, death, wars, recession, and serious addictions. Think ahead. Identify distress in your life. Some of it you can prevent. Some of it you cannot. For stress in the distress category that you cannot avoid, you will need to have good stress-reducing skills in place to minimize damage to your brain and body.