I have an underlying theme to this blog and it is how we make decisions and how to get comfortable standing by the decisions we make. I was also going to focus on healthy habits that helped reduce stress.   I posted a Ted Talk a few days ago.  Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend.  If you haven’t watched it yet, I really encourage you to do so.  It is eye opening how just a change in your perception can change how the body responds to the effects of stress.  The belief that chronic stress negatively effects your health is what causes your blood vessels to constrict not stress.   In her talk Kelly shows that blood vessels will constrict under times of stress for those individuals that believe stress is harmful. She shows that just the opposite is true for those individuals that see the body’s natural responses to stress as positive.  Instead they see the body’s natural response to stress as helpful tools to better prepare them to handle the stress. In these individuals it was shown that during times of stress their blood vessels remain relaxed with no change.  Their heart was still pounding, their breath would be quicker and they quite possibly had signs of sweating on the forehead.  However and this is the important part, Continue reading