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Change your mind about stress

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We all feel the effect of these hectic times we live in: we are surrounded by loud noises, colorful ads and perpetual information, not to mention the worries of daily life. This overload of stimuli almost always leads to stress. Some of us manage it well and thrive on it and most of us crumble and need breaks due to long exposure. I know I just had a well deserved break. And now I need a fresh perspective on stress so it won’t wear me down from now on.

In time stress can lead to many diseases so diverse you get a panic attack from that list only. If you are stressed the common cold can affect you more than if you are not, if you are stressed the risk for cardio-vascular diseases increases every year. During the last 50 years stress has become our worst enemy, or so we are used to hearing from health specialists.

And although it makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat, stress might not be that bad.

New research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe it is bad for you. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal makes a compelling and funny case for us to see stress as a positive factor. After all, heart pounding faster happens in other situations and all the other symptoms too.
She also helps us see a new mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Connecting with others and a positive attitude seems to be all you need for a healthy mindset. It’s the answer I’ve been waiting for.
But hear Kelly and let her convince you:

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