Building resilience against stress - it's all about the attitude

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An attractive older man stressed and despondent versus him happy and resilient. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)
An attractive older man stressed and despondent versus him happy and resilient. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)

What do you think of when you hear the word stress? An endless to-do list? A continuous stream of demands and obstacles? Feeling overwhelmed and irritable?

Of course feeling stressed isn’t pleasant. But what if you stopped seeing stress as a negative thing and started to view it instead as an opportunity for personal growth?

How do you do this? By identifying your personal stressors, consciously deciding how you respond to them and managing the impact they have on you, says Sean Waters, a stress specialist practitioner and founder of Stress Less Clinic in Johannesburg.

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