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Updated 06 October 2015

Stress response

Some days even the smallest thing can push us over the edge, causing us to erupt like angry volcanoes. But, next time you want to do this, ask yourself if your response is out of balance and evaluate the situation as follows: Look at a stressful event on a 10-point scale, with nine or 10 being a serious physical disease or a life-threatening situation. Next, rate your emotional reaction from one to 10. If the source of stress merits a two and your emotional reaction is a five or six, you’re having a R6 response to a R2 problem. Once you know that, ask yourself if this will really matter in three years, three months or three weeks. Chances are, the answer is no.

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