In her TED talk, Kelly McGonigal tells is that how we think about stress matters. A typical stress response involves our heart rate going up and our blood vessels constricting. Chronic stress is linked with cardiovascular disease. However, if we view stress as helpful, our heart still pounds, but our blood vessels do not constrict. Watch McGonigal's talk to find out what impact this has on our physical health, including our risk of dying.
Click here to take my TED ED lesson on Kelly McGonigal's How to Make Stress Your Friend TED talk.
Stress and mindfulness
In this talk, Kristen Race discusses the role that mindfulness can play in reducing stress. Watch this talk to find out the three simple ways that Race recommends for us to make our brains happy.