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Kelly McGonigal TED Talk- How to make stress your friend

Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk about the effects of stress on your mind and body represents a powerful perspective change on how we think about stress. Rather than trying to eliminate stress from your life (which is not doable), her goal as a health psychologist is to get people to get “better” at stress. That is to say that rather than dreading stress, training yourself to cope with it (e.g. by saying something like, “this is my body helping me rise to this challenge”) is associated with much greater health outcomes. When you reach out to others under stress, oxytocin (actually a stress hormone) is released, and you recover faster from stress. In this way, you can train yourself to cope so that you become more compassionate and resilient to stress. As Dr. McGonigal said, “when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience.”

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