Yes, it’s a fact of modern life. So why not use stress for good, not evil? Here’s how.

By Holly Pevzner
January 19, 2016

You’re behind on a major project. The nurse at your child’s school called for the second time in three days. And as the e-mail at the top of your in-box just informed you, you forgot to pay last month’s electric bill. You could hide under the covers—but what good would it do? Like a rubber ball in a pool, stress that’s pushed beneath the surface eventually bobs back up.

A better approach? Embrace it. (No, seriously.) “Learning to work with your stress, rather than against it, can safeguard your health,” says Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., a health psychologist at Stanford University and the author of The Upside of Stress. In fact, everyday stress can actually increase immunity, productivity, and creativity, according to emerging research. All it takes is a shift in perspective and a few tweaks to your daily habits. Here’s how to make the most of whatever life throws your way.

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