How many times have you used the word stress this week? If it is more than once, you are not alone. In a study of 43,000 students from high-performing schools, 75% of high school students and 50% of middle schoolers reported feeling "often or always" stressed by schoolwork.
Though there is no way to eradicate all stress from our lives, we can still find small ways to strengthen our resilience. As Dr. Susan David, the author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, writes, "Discomfort is the price we pay for a meaningful life." In her fifth and final Habits of Mind workshop -- "Making the Best of Stress: Building Your Resilience Toolbox" -- LifeCompass Institute Associate Director Deborah Farmer Kris shared five tools for managing stress.