Video: How to Make Stress Your Friend

Stress is the enemy, the bad guy, the cause of all evil … or is it?

Countless studies link stress to a host of acute and chronic health issues—but new research says that we should be blaming our belief that stress is bad for us, for stress-induced health issues—not stress itself. In other words, stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.

What if you could actually learn to be better at stress—to train yourself to use stress as positive fuel? Health psychologist, Kelly McGonigal offers studies, data, and an interesting perspective in her Ted Talk about how to transform your relationship with stress. She discusses the position that changing your perspective on stress may actually make you healthier.

“When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress,” McGonigal said in her Ted Talk.

Watch her fascinating Ted Talk to find out how this actually works—and how to shift your beliefs about stress to live a healthier life.

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Melissa Eisler

Melissa Eisler, MA, PCC, is an ICF certified executive coach. She partners with leaders to develop their systems thinking, resilience, strategic communication skills, and executive presence in order to reach individual, team, and organizational goals. She blends more than 15 years of experience in leadership positions in the corporate world, with her master’s degree in organizational leadership and extensive background in mindfulness to help her clients master their leadership skills and steer their teams through challenges and change. Learn more about Melissa here.

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