Stress isn’t something that happens to us

Stress is often talked about as if it’s something that happens to us, like the weather. But a more accurate description is that stress is our reaction to the events around us. Realizing this is the first step in addressing it.

Stressful events occur all through our lives, no matter where we live or what we do.

It’s the individual’s responsibility to learn how to respond in a healthy way to these events. And as parents, teachers and mentors, we need to teach these skills to those around us.

An article earlier this month in the Wall Street Journal surveys a variety of companies and their strategies for helping workers manage or alleviate stress. Mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation rooms, cognitive training, and plant-filled spaces are strategies that work.

 

What could be more important than learning how to enjoy life— no matter what stressful events come out way — and passing this knowledge on to others? Kudos to companies that realize this is perfectly aligned with their mission.

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