Stress -- it's one of the most harmful forces in our lives. It can damage our health, our relationships, our careers, our marriages and even curb our creativity. That's why I'm happy to announce that all 13 of our lifestyle sections -- from Travel and Parents to Weddings and Divorce -- have an editorial mission to help our readers travel with less stress, parent with less stress, get married with less stress and, yes, get divorced with less stress. And today our books section is launching "Turn the Page on Stress," a HuffPost Books project tapping into the de-stressing potential of books and storytelling, opening up the conversation to HuffPost editors, our community of bloggers and authors with insights on the written word's unique capacity to transport and transform. Even with all the high-tech gadgets at our disposal, the timeless act of reading is a way to connect with ideas and with the past, but also with ourselves.
Over the course of this upcoming election many of us have been inundated with a barrage of data that adds on to the stress we're already feeling in everyday life. The problem is, this is a recipe for an ongoing stress cycle.
If you're one of the many millions of people who are in need of a break, putting your stress into words can have powerful positive effects.
Stress is not something that happens to us as a result of outside influences. We can choose how we react to outside stimuli when they occur. We can either find a way to change a situation, or we can accept it.
Words truly have the power to soothe our souls and comfort our spirits, to offer us a glimpse of other worlds, and to shine light on our own hopes and dreams. The more I read, the more I know, but more importantly, the more I get to know myself.
Welcome to the sardonic comedy of our time: Rushing to Relax. Do you have symptoms of "Time Deficit Disorder"? Can you relate?
I yearned to find a peaceful frame of mind from which to address the situation. It was time for some soul searching. One way I approach this is through stories told by the world's great spiritual teachers.
Stress is all around you. Can you see it? Or is stress all around you because you see it?
In the interest of our own physical health, it's time to step away from post-election hysteria. Where does one begin? Going back to Lao-Tze's tenet, it starts with language: both what we tell ourselves and the words we use to communicate to others.