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Job Stress Is Harmful Because You Make It That Way

Stressed at work? Take a closer look at your thinking. (FS Stock/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

We often think our job situation causes our stress, but it’s usually our thoughts about our job situation that are to blame

BY JEFF GARTON

August 1, 2019 Updated: August 1, 2019

A recent study by Korn Ferry found that job stress is on the rise. This is partly the result of people being misinformed about stress and its prevention.

Google the term “job stress” and you’ll see that it’s defined as an emotional reaction to the misery caused by your difficult circumstances. But don’t be fooled by this misleading definition that is missing a crucial bit of reality.… READ MORE...

Plastic: What You Didn’t Know You Were Eating Every Day

Drinking water was found to be the largest global source of microplastics. (Ivanko80/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

Researchers find plastic is common in the water we drink and the air we breath with unknown effects

BY GINA-MARIE CHEESEMAN, NATURALLY SAVVY

July 18, 2019 Updated: July 18, 2019

You are likely unknowingly eating a credit card’s worth of tiny pieces of plastic every week. A new study for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted by the University of Newcastle, Australia found that people consume about 2,000 pieces of microplastic every week (or five grams), which amounts to about 21 grams a month and just over 250 grams a year.… READ MORE...

Look at how to let go of stress, whenever we notice it.

What You’re Struggling With

Why do we get stressed out, or feel anxious and overwhelmed?

Often it is because we want the world to be calm and comfortable—and it isn’t cooperating. Things are out of control, complicated, and rarely go as we imagined.

But this is the way of the world. Stress comes, not because the world is messy and chaotic, but because we desire it to be different than it is.

We have ideals for how other people should be, how we should be, how everything around us should be. These ideals aren’t a problem—the problem is that we are attached to them.… READ MORE...