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Video: Live Longer, Stay Healthier By Changing The Way You View Stress

Video: Live Longer, Stay Healthier By Changing The Way You View StressHow you think about stress matters — perhaps more than the stress itself.

That’s what Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal says in her super-inspiring TED talk, “How to make stress your friend”, which I wish I’d stumbled across well before today.

If you’ve ever suffered from stress — uhm, so, that should be all of you — you NEED to watch the video below.

Consider one of the most common physiological responses to stress: a rapid heartbeat. It’s uncomfortable at the least and downright frightening at the worst — especially for panickers like me.

Do you view your speedy heart as something dangerous? Something frightening? Something you ought to avoid?

Most of us probably do. But McGonigal urges us to re-frame our understanding of these physiological signs — to embrace them, in a way — because the science says it will help us to live longer.

In other words, learn to love your stress symptoms. Learn to use them for courage, energy, and strength.

Watch to find out how you can get started:

Photo: Meg Wills (Flickr)

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Video: Live Longer, Stay Healthier By Changing The Way You View Stress


Summer Beretsky

Summer Beretsky enjoys writing about her experiences with anxiety, panic, and Paxil. She had her first panic attack as an undergrad at Lycoming College and plenty more while she worked toward her M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. She contributes to the World of Psychology blog here on PsychCentral and has written for the Los Angeles Times. You can follow her on Twitter @summerberetsky.


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Beretsky, S. (2014). Video: Live Longer, Stay Healthier By Changing The Way You View Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/panic/2014/01/video-live-longer-stay-healthier-by-changing-the-way-you-view-stress/

 

Last updated: 25 Jan 2014
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