Did you know you have a large number of capacities you are not using at full throttle?
There is a lot more you can do to manage your stress than you think. Much of it resides in building up your inner capacities.
I’ll review 10 of the best research-based strategies for managing stress. Many of these are tried and true tools you will know, and others will be new to you. And, what is especially new, is the connection with your inner capacities, known as character strengths, which can help you with each strategy.
VIA Institute on Character: Take the free, scientific survey of character strengths.
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