The bar for the level of stress we should have in our lives is set far too high. Most of us are striving for a “no stress” lifestyle. Why? Stress has a story, a story shaped by news and popular culture. This is the story in a nutshell: stress is bad, very bad; stress kills. Most of us believe in this narrative unconditionally. Ironically, research shows that constantly consuming information about the detriment of stress is stressful.

Here’s the thing: the underlying story of stress is skewed. There is, in fact, another body of research that reveals stress can enhance performance and well-being. And studies also show that making people aware that some stress can work to your advantage is a more powerful antidote to its ills than jarring people with statistics.

We want to take on the epidemic of stress in our lives. Let us pause and recalibrate our approach. Let’s start telling a more holistic story: not all stress is bad, and there are ways we can use stress to our advantage. It’s time to shift our focus from stressing less to stressing better. This blog will explain exactly how to do that with a focus on children.

About Renee Jain

renee_headshotRenee is an award-winning tech entrepreneur turned speaker and certified life coach. She specializes in cultivating skills of resilience in both adults and children. Renee’s gift is taking research-based concepts and transforming them into engaging and digestible learning modules. For children, she has created one-of-a-kind programs found at GoZen! to teach life skills via digital animation.

Renee is also one of less than 400 people in the world to earn her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology — the scientific study of optimal human functioning — from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been personally mentored and trained by some of the top depression prevention experts in the world. As a coach, Renee has worked with thousands of adults and children to help them uncover their individual paths to thrive.

 

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