We all have stress that overtakes us from time to time, stress that comes with changes in our lives. Recently, I have been facing the care of my aging mother and it has caused me stress in ways I never imagined.

My guest this week is Dr. Rich Blonna. He is a world renowned expert in understanding how the mind and body work together in creating and managing stress. He is a noted writer and trainer in the area of acceptance and commitment therapy.

Dr. Rich explains that stress is a combination of 3 things:

  1. A potential stressor
  2. What your mind tells you about the threat and your ability to cope with it
  3. Response that kicks in if you feel threatened and unable to cope

We learned that stress is unique to each of us and we all handle it differently, as well as how our values play into our stressors.

I encourage you to listen to this phenomenal podcast so you can learn more about your values and how you can stay true to them and live a less stressful life.