Contrary to popular opinion, stress is not a bad thing.
It allows us to perform at peak levels and can assist us through the flood of chemicals it releases within our bodies.
What is harmful is too much stress, or more particularly, a lack of relief from stress.
The times of stress must be balanced nicely with times of pure relaxion and leisure for us to be healthy and at our best.
Many of the great leaders of our time were exposed to crushing workloads and the burdens of high office.
But they prospered by developing strategies to balance the challenging times with fun and calming times.
President Kennedy would have regular naps in his White House office.
Winston Churchill had the same practice and slept for one hour every afternoon to stay alert, focused and calm.
Not only is it essential to be physically relaxed to maintain optimal health but one must couple this trait with mental serenity.
Too often people think that vigorous exercise, good nutrition and pleasant leisure activities will be the panacea for all ills.
These pursuits must be combined with positive thinking and peace of mind for true happiness and longevity.